In a nutshell, the Employee Free Choice Act would:
- Require employers to recognize a union if a majority of workers sign authorization cards saying they want union representation.
- Provide mediation and arbitration if there's a dispute over the first contract.
- Strengthen penalties for companies that illegally intimidate employees to prevent them from forming a union.
And that brings us to Representative Randy Kuhl (NY-29).
Back in the days when the Employee Free Choice Act wasn't coming up for a vote, Rep. Kuhl said he supported it. He even co-sponsored the bill. Then, a few days after he won re-election by 2 points in 2006, Kuhl took his name off the bill.
If you were holding out hope that Kuhl would do the right thing and vote for the bill, you were disappointed yesterday. Kuhl voted against the Employee Free Choice Act, one of only two New York Representatives to vote against the bill (Tom Reynolds was the other).
So why did Randy Kuhl tell the working people in his district he would vote for the Employee Free Choice Act and then turn around and vote against it? Kuhl's not saying (though some are speculating that he fears a Republican primary challenge from an opponent even further to the right than he is), but his vote shows that we still have work left to do to make sure New York's Congressional delegation stands up for working families.
The Fighting 29th and Rochester Turning have more.
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