TheHill.com has a writeup on today’s Senate committee hearing prior to the 15-15 vote killing an amendment by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the effect of which vote was to allow micro-unions to move forward…
Arguing for the ban, Graham said in the hearing Thursday that the ruling “throws the whole business model in chaos” in many sectors.
Landrieu argued on behalf of smaller unions, pointing out that the ban would hurt, for example, shoe saleswomen in department stores. She recounted her own experiences selling shoes and the grueling demands of customers who demand to try on 20 shoes for every pair purchased.
“Every time you go to a shoe store or your wives go to a shoe store just know who you are voting against,” she said.
She also said Graham’s amendment was an “insult” to the working class and, referring to the ruling allowing nurses in a nursing home to form a union without the participation of other employees, noted nurses deserve breaks and to work with clean bedpans.
“It is sickening to me that you would sit here and take their rights away,” she said.
Graham heatedly responded that the NLRB is a “disaster.”
“Oh, please!” Landrieu exclaimed.
Graham said President Obama is giving political payback to union leaders and that the NLRB is undermining the economic recovery. He suggested Obama will not be “my president” for long.
This seems like it ought to be the end of the “Mary Landrieu is a centrist Democrat” narrative, no?
When it comes to votes in favor of unions, she’s as reliable as leftist as you’ll find. In fact, her latest score according to WorkplaceChoice.org, a project of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is a mere 25 percent.
This in a state where just 4.5 percent of the workforce is in a union.