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15LTR-COM on Nov 13, 2015

Report: unionizing Senate cafeteria workers
Source: Letter to Compass Group
Excerpts from Letter from 31 Senators to the Compass Group: Senate cafeteria workers are currently pushing for a union through the majority sign up process, but their employer, the Compass Group, has resisted the drive, even after the NLRB upheld charges against the company regarding discriminatory behavior. Although the Compass Group promised the NRLB they would end further unlawful intimidation, the Compass Group has discouraged their organizing campaign.

We request there that the Compass Group commit to reaching an agreement with the union seeking to organize these workers, and recognize the union as the worker's exclusive bargaining representative on the basis of majority representation of signed authorization cards.

OnTheIssues explanation: At issue is how the workers would unionize: the controversial aspect is the "majority of authorization cards," known as "card-check," which makes unionization much more likely.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "Labor's Day is Over," Sep. 6/2009): Card-check would effectively abolish the secret ballot in workplace elections for union representation. It would also require employers to submit to binding government arbitration if they cannot reach an agreement with union representatives, forcing companies to submit to contracts that may imperil their very survival.

Opposing freedom argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Card Checks Block Free Choice," Feb. 21, 2007): Union activists argue that publicly signing a union membership card in the presence of union organizers, known as card-check organizing, is the only way that workers can freely choose to unionize. However, with card checks, union organizers know who has and has not signed up to join the union. This allows them to repeatedly approach and pressure reluctant workers. With this technique, a worker's decision to join the union is binding, while a decision to opt out only means "not this time." Also see related legislation S.1058


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 22. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Let Senate cafeteria workers organize their own union (Score: 2)

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Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
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Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016) 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Gary Peters s1sMI Democratic Challenger 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
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Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidate 
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator Appointee 
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
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Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



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