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December 5, 2011

Kerry, Brown split on payroll tax cut: Roll Call for week of Nov. 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON -- Here’s how members of the Massachusetts delegation in Congress voted on major issues the week of Nov. 28:

HOUSE

RULES FOR UNION ELECTIONS: Voting 235 for and 188 against, the House on Nov. 30 passed a Republican bill (HR 3094) to block a proposed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule to quicken the pace of union elections.

Now before the Senate, the bill targets a labor-relations rule that could take effect by year’s end. Under the rule, elections on whether to form into a collective-bargaining unit could be held as soon as ten days after the NLRB certifies the election petition. The bill would require a wait of at least 35 days to give employers more time to attempt to persuade workers to reject unionization, and it would give employers more say in determining which workers are eligible for the bargaining unit.

John Kline, R-Minn., called the rule “a draconian effort to stifle employer speech and ambush workers with a union election. Less debate, less information and less opposition -- that’s Big Labor’s approach to workers’ free choice, and it is being rapidly implemented by the activist NLRB.”

Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said: “Letting an employer deny and manipulate union elections is a blatant attempt to put the fox in charge of the henhouse. (The bill) is a direct attack on the ability of workers to bargain collectively to protect their rights. And we’ve seen (this year) that American citizens don’t like that so much.”

A yes vote was to pass the bill.  

Voting yes: None

Voting no: John Olver, D-Amherst; Richard Neal, D-Springfield; James McGovern, D-Worcester; Barney Frank, D-Newton;  Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell; John Tierney, D-Salem; Edward Markey, D-Malden; Michael Capuano, D-Somerville; Stephen Lynch, D-Boston; William Keating,

D-Quincy.  

Not voting:   None

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