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March 9, 2012

Senate Rejects Keystone Pipeline Restrictions Amendment

The Senate, by a vote of 33-65, rejected Senate Amendment 1817, which provides for the implementation of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, providing that the oil transported is not subsequently exported, and that all materials in the construction are made in the US. This was seen as a ploy by unions to force union labor in the construction, therefore all 33 votes for the amendment were by Democrats beholden to union interests.

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October 15, 2011

House Votes to Rein in NLRB

H.R. 2587, Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act, passed the House by a vote of 238-186. The bill amends the National Labor Relations Act to deny the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) any power to: (1) order an employer (or seek an order against an employer) to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment; (2) rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting, outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations; or (3) require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location. The bill was triggered by the pending unilateral action by the NLRB to deny Boeing the ability to build a plant in South Carolina which is not a union shop state.

Seven Republicans voted against the bill: Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Gibson (NY-20), Grimm (NY-13), LaTourette (OH-14), McKinley (WV-1), Meehan (PA-7), and Young (AK-at large). Eight Democrats voted for the bill: Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Cooper (TN-5), Cuellar (TX-28), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Ross (AR-4), and Shuler (NC-11).

February 15, 2011

Senate Rejects Amendment to Bar TSA Screeners From Unionizing

Senate Amendment 14 to S. 223 (FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act),  sponsored by Senators Wicker (MS), Paul (KY), Collins (ME), and Coburn (OK), would exclude TSA screeners from collective bargaining.

The amendment was rejected by a strict party line vote, 51-47.

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February 7, 2011

Senate Upholds Union Wages in FAA Act

By a 42-55 vote, Senate Amendment 19, which limits the application of the Davis-Bacon Act to the FAA Renewal Act (S. 223), was tabled. It was sponsored by Senators Rand, Vitter, and Alexander. Effectively, any contract work done under the FAA will require any non-union contractor to pay union wages, and eliminates competition from contractors who pay less to their workers.

All Democrat Senators voted to table the Amendment, along with Republican Senators Mike Johanns (NE), Mark Kirk (IL), and Lisa Murkowski (AK).

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