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Boyda, allies hit back at GOP

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U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda has apparently decided not to be a punching bag.![][1]Faced with vocal criticism of her [support for a pro-union bill in Congress,][2] including a [radio ad campaign mounted against her,][3] Boyda and her allies blitzed the media on Thursday.The e-mail rolled in from Boyda's office at 2:34 p.m., CST. It's not available online, so we'll only post excerpts here:_Congresswoman Nancy Boyda (Kansas Second District) today urged the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to remove from the airwaves a radio attack ad that grossly distorts the Employee Free Choice Act.__Numerous organizations representing Kansas workers - including the Kansas AFL-CIO, the Kansas State Building and Construction Trades, Kansas United, and the Kansas National Education Association - joined Boyda in calling on the Chamber of Commerce to withdraw its error-ridden ad._The ad campaign has charged that the bill, co-sponsored by Boyda, eliminates a requirement that secret ballots be held in workplace elections to unionize. Boyda said the bill actually allows an election to be skipped - and a union formed - when more than 50 percent of the employees at a business sign onto a unionizing effort."The Chamber of Commerce ad is designed solely to weaken Nancy Boyda politically," the Boyda press release said. "The ad has 234 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, so if the Chamber of Commerce honestly wanted to 'protect workers,' it would launch radio ads in 234 Congressional districts."Shortly after, the supportive press releases began rolling in:¢ Kansas AFL-CIO: "The Employee Free Choice Act levels the playing field to give workers a fair chance to have a union and bargain for better wages and benefits. .... We commend Congresswoman Boyda."¢ Kansas State Building Trades: "The Employee Free Choice Act is a good, bipartisan bill that will protect employees from harassment and punish heavy-handed corporations for violating labor rules. All Kansas workers appreciate Congresswoman Boyda's support of this important legislation."¢ Topeka Federation of Labor: "Kansans value a hard day's work, and we appreciate working families. That's why Kansas workers are united behind Congresswoman Nancy Boyda and the Employee Free Choice Act."So the Republicans and their allies have punched; Boyda and her allies have counter-punched. We'll watch for further developments, but one thing is for sure: The 2008 campaign has already begun.Other news today:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][4][(AP) Proposed lab concerns some near Leavenworth:][5] While Sen. Pat Roberts is encouraging state support to attract a $451 million National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas, residents near one of the proposed sites say nobody is giving them any cause to support the project. Dozens of Leavenworth County residents voiced concerns over the biodefense lab Wednesday at a public meeting. A 178-acre plot of rural, private land is among two sites in Kansas under consideration. The other is in Manhattan. "Nobody came around and mentioned that this was under consideration," said Matt Broaddus, who lives near the Leavenworth site. [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [2]: http://www2.ljworld.com/blogs/kansas_congress/2007/feb/28/boydaunion/ [3]: http://www2.ljworld.com/blogs/kansas_congress/2007/mar/01/boyda/ [4]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [5]: http://cjonline.com/stories/030107/bre_lab.shtml

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Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh ok, no need for a secret vote where Big Labor has failed time and time again, nor even open elections where every voters choice is known. Nope, lets just skip the elections all together as long as the union thugs can intimidate, I mean persuade, 50% of the workers to sign a petition!

Employee's have had Free Choice for decades and routinely said, "NO!" What part of "No means no," does Big Labor not get?

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acg 7 years, 5 months ago

Intimidate? Wow, sigmund, yet another thing that you know absolutely nothing about.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 5 months ago

"The ad campaign has charged that the bill, co-sponsored by Boyda, eliminates a requirement that secret ballots be held in workplace elections to unionize. Boyda said the bill actually allows an election to be skipped - and a union formed - when more than 50 percent of the employees at a business sign onto a unionizing effort."

So ... there's no longer a need for a secret ballot. And Boyda feels misrepresented, how?

(Boyda better starting worrying about EVERY secret ballot or she's going to find herself on the wrongside of at least one secret ballot in about 20 months from now.)

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texburgh 7 years, 5 months ago

The employee free choice act simply puts fairness back in the equation. There are thugs out there - corporate thugs. TAke as an example Wal-Mart. When enough meat packers signed union cards, Wal-Mart took the thug-like action of closing their butcher counters and dumping the employees rather than even allow an election.

Thanks to the efforts of Democrats and a handful of Republicans who actually respect American workers, the corporate thugs will have as much difficulty crushing worker's rights as organizers do struggling to avoid corporate thugs.

Thank you Congresswoman Boyda. Jim Ryun would have let workers rot.

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63BC 7 years, 5 months ago

Just to be clear: secret ballots now. Boyda gets her way: no more secret ballots.

Which scenario is more likely to result in worker intimidation?

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Charlie Naramore 7 years, 5 months ago

Sigmund and James are just cute and curt. Not all unions are run by Jimmy Hoffa's. Good explanation Tex.

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captain_poindexter 7 years, 5 months ago

texburgh.

how again would your senario be helped by boyda's bill?

and boyda will regret labor's support in those above quotes.

I can see the ad now from her contender...

Nancy Boyda, friend of the unions...foe of everyday kansans...

tee hee - she stepped in it again..

yeah!

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 5 months ago

Those darn laborers. Who do they think they are. Moan and groan. All they ever want is raises. How do they expect us to pay the CEO's millions of dollars if we give them a raise. They need to know their place.

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james bush 7 years, 5 months ago

Everyone should be paid according to average annual temperature divided by the average annual rainfall + or - the number of parents in the household divided by the ratio of males to females, the entire quantity squared , then divided by the original proposition, with global warming given the appropriate consideration!

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 years, 5 months ago

jimincountry Everyone should be paid according to average annual temperature divided by the average annual rainfall + or - the number of parents in the household divided by the ratio of males to females, the entire quantity squared , then divided by the original proposition, with global warming given the appropriate consideration!

But, but that would be too much math! Supposedly everyone in the US went to a really bad public school and can't do math.

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Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

I just saw Boyda referred to in an article from a Seattle newspaper as a "moderate."

ROTFLMAO!!

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pelliott 7 years, 5 months ago

Boyda is a moderate, and I am sure that many of her acts will stir the old republican guard to vicious attacks. One reason Ryan didn't get attacked much was he wasn't a moving target. He was the biggest donothing , he didn't even grab shirttails as they went by. Lots of form letters. I prayed for him in the last election and my prayers were answered.

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dagopman 7 years, 5 months ago

I am not from a union background. Please someone enlighten me why anyone would be opposed to secret ballots. It doesn't make sense to me but again consider my background.

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Godot 7 years, 5 months ago

If Boyda is a moderate, then Gore is the new savior, day is night, and up is down. Get Real.

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janeyb 7 years, 5 months ago

I have never belonged to a union, but my dad and grandfathers have. My dad works for a railroad, so his union has been around forever, and their day-to-day business is just done with a hand vote of people who attend the monthly open meeting, and more serious votes are done by mail, secret ballot if you choose.

"In 2005 alone, 31,000 workers got NLRB back pay awards after claiming they were fired or discriminated against because of their unionizing efforts." From what I read, workers sign a card that they are interested in forming a union, and because their name is on this list, they can't be fired for trying to unionize. With a secret ballot, companies say they don't know who voted for the unions, and they can fire the organizers for other reasons. It provides protection for workers in favor of the union. What they are not saying is that the company can still demand a secret ballot, but it has to be completed in a reasonable amount of time instead of stalled out for years.

Can those against a union be intimidated by union bosses? There are no union bosses (I love that term since by Dad is an officer and hardly a "boss") if there is not a union. Teamsters is not in the parking lot slashing tires. And why can't the people against the union intimidate the ones in favor of it?? It's no different than republicans vs democrats, evangelicals vs normal people etc. The workers trying to unionize are subject to harassment by supervisors AND fellow workers against the union. Some people watch too many old mob movies.

Lastly, I don't think it is BIG LABOR! Most labor organizations today are teachers and government employees. Only 7% of private sector workers belong to unions. That is hardly "big" and can't be hurting the country and economy as protrayed by the Republicans. Seven % of all private workers is nothing!

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