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Is Jo Ann Emerson Trying to Erode States' Rights?

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

According to the website Open Congress.Org, Jo Ann Emerson is sponsoring a bill allowing the federal government to force state and local governments to accept unionization.

This is their summary of H.R.413 - Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009

Public Safety officers are police and firemen. Judge for yourself.

"Official Summary

1/9/2009--Introduced.Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009 - Provides collective bargaining rights for public safety officers employed by states or local governments. Directs the Federal Labor Relations Authority to determine whether state law provides specified rights and responsibilities for public safety officers, including:

(1) granting public safety employees the right to form and join a labor organization which excludes management and supervisory employees, and which is, or seeks to be, recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for such employees; and

(2) requiring public safety employers to recognize and agree to bargain with the employees' labor organization. Requires the Authority to issue regulations establishing rights and responsibilities for public safety employers and employees in states that do not substantially provide for such public safety employee rights and responsibilities. Directs the Authority, in such cases, to:

(1) determine the appropriateness of units for labor organization representation;

(2) supervise or conduct elections to determine whether a labor organization has been selected as an exclusive representative by a voting majority of the employees in an appropriate unit;

(3) resolve issues relating to the duty to bargain in good faith;

(4) conduct hearings and resolve complaints of unfair labor practices; and

(5) resolve exceptions to arbitrator's awards. Grants a public safety employer, employee, or labor organization the right to seek enforcement of Authority regulations and orders, as well as prohibitions against lockouts or strikes, through appropriate state courts. Prohibits public safety employers, employees, and labor organizations from engaging in lockouts or strikes.Provides that existing collective bargaining units and agreements shall not be invalidated by this Act."

I support union activity when the union provides an economic benefit for employers who freely engage with them. States and local governments should decide for themselves what labor relationships they want.

Visit: http://larrybill.com/

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-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 2:18 PM

This helps police officers and firefighters? And that's a bad thing?

-- Posted by northside8 on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 3:41 PM

Larry - That last paragraph of this article doesn't make a lick of sense. We've got illegal busting in my the thousands and you are wasting our time with this? This past March the Congress passed a health care bill that was full of special interest kick backs. You know who got that through....thugs and criminals. I don't think you've got the smarts to get this job done. Miss Jo Ann is a fine lady and does a lot for our area. Larry, you done left the reservation. I suggest you find your way back.

-- Posted by Dale Peterson on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 7:09 PM

northside8 and Dale Petersen,

Thanks for challenging my thinking. Have you reviewed my website? I am opposed to illegal immigration; Ms. Emerson has had 14 years to stop illegal immigration (with Republican control of the Senate, House, and Presidency for 6 of those years) and was ineffective. As a result, we have Jo Ann joining union construction workers protesting illegal workers at job sites.

look at this: http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.asp...

She was also ineffective in stopping the healthcare bill; I haven't found a source where she is committed to repealing it if she gets in that position. Let me know if you find one.

As I review this bill's summary, cities and states are going to be subject to unnecessary federal interference with local labor relations. I plan to support legislation that complies with the Constitution, and this mandate does not.

As I go throughout the 8t District, I stick with a common theme of what it takes to get our country back on track: following the Constitution, protecting freedom of speech, protecting the right to bear arms, term limits for Congressmen, stopping illegal immigration, reducing spending, and energy independence.

I wanted to pick this topic (mandating unions in local government) to show Washington insiders like Jo Ann lack an understanding of states' rights.

Thanks for the feedback,

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

Visit: http://larrybill.com/

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 9:56 PM

Fawn had Ms. Emerson on the radio last week to explained this bill. Half truths..Shame on you! Ms. Emerson has done alot for our community and others.

-- Posted by Itshere on Tue, Jun 15, 2010, at 10:12 PM

Larry, I thought you were going to run a positive campaign. This is very disappointing.

-- Posted by northside8 on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 7:46 AM

Larry. Well said.

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 8:13 AM

Northside8 and Itshere - Ms. Emerson is not a bad congressman, but I agree with Larry - she's had her turn. If you really want change (and I cannot think of a time in my life when we need it more) we can't just re-elect the same people (or party for that matter) every time and expect things to be different. The Republicans had their chance and the Democrats theirs. It's time the People get their turn. They ALL need to go.

-- Posted by Danno1 on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 3:34 PM

Just who has dropped this bill into the hopper back there in D.C. now? This would make a good area of discussion for Mr. Bob Parker and his opponent if she would get the courage to debate him. I hope Larry Bill will get a whack at it during debates in the fall too.

To me, this bill seems like another K. Street boondoggle. Why would we want to saddle more expenses on state and local governments at a time like this? These governments need flexibility to get through the depression and loss of jobs we are experiencing. The whole thing sounds quite fishy to me. Thanks for bringing it out, Larry.

-- Posted by DCisnot4me on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 6:27 AM

One more reason to vote for Parker in the primary. A good reason to go to the Freedom March!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 5:25 PM

Join us on the Freedom March on Saturday June 26th at 12 noon. We will be meeting on the east side of the bridge. Show up and send a message to Washington, we the people have had enough!

Mrs. Emerson refuses to debste me and will not be anywhere in the 8th district before the primary to answer questions from the public on these issues. The strategy of the Emerson camp is to lay low, issue press release after press release about how hard they are working for people in the 8th district.

I don't think it will work. Everywere I go people are tired of this.

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 12:34 PM

Here is the deal, folks.

There is one thing and one thing only that gives any union power and that is their ability to declare a strike.

If you are a Missouri Democrat then take this quote from Harry Truman. If you are a conservative Republican then take it from Ronald Reagan.

"No one has the right to strike against the public safety."

Evidently that is something Mrs. Gladney failed to consider.

-- Posted by Hominy on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 8:04 PM

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