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03/01/07--AFL-CIO President John J Sweeney, Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Education & Labor Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., during a news conference after the House passed legislation Thursday that would make organizing a union almost as simple as circulating a petition, but the prospects of the bill becoming law appear dim. Even with support from a smattering of Republicans, the 241-185 vote fell well short of the number necessary to override a threatened presidential veto. Thirteen Republicans voted yes; two Democrats voted no. And it is by no means clear that Senate Democrats have the 60 votes necessary to get the measure (HR 800) through their chamber. The measure would strip employers of the right to insist on having a secret ballot election before a union can be certified. It also would stiffen penalties on employers that intimidate employees trying to unionize, and establish a system designed to hasten agreement on an initial contract for a new bargaining unit. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the bill Òan honest continuation of the pledge we make in the morning, with liberty and justice for all.Ó Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

03/01/07--AFL-CIO President John J Sweeney, Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Education & Labor Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., during a news conference after the House passed legislation Thursday that would make organizing a union almost as simple as circulating a petition, but the prospects of the bill becoming law appear dim. Even with support from a smattering of Republicans, the 241-185 vote fell well short of the number necessary to...
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