Cheney spurns bill in speech to NAM
“Our administration rejects any attempt to short-circuit the rights of workers,” Cheney said.
“The legislation would eliminate employees' freedom to choose whether union membership is right for them and their families in private,” said Jason Straczewski, the NAM's director of human resources policy.
“This legislation does nothing to promote the well-being of manufacturers' greatest asset: their employees. All it does is take away freedom of choice,” Straczewski said. “The NAM objects to any proposal that increases the potential for coercion and intimidation in the workplace.”
H.R. 800 was recently introduced by Congressman George Miller (D-CA). The legislation would strip away employees’ freedom to choose whether or not they want union representation in a private, secret ballot election.
“The American labor movement has a proud history and has long reflected a basic principle of our democracy: fair elections, as decided by secret ballots,” Cheney said.
“It can hardly be considered‘free choice’ when a labor union is dictating the organizing campaign and collecting only the signatures they need,” Straczewski said. “Do the choices of those workers who are not asked to sign a card not matter? That is the precise reason for the secret ballot.”
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey