H.R. 413 (What the other hand is doing)


For several year I have worked as a Professional magician. I have learned a lot about sleight of hand and how to focus peoples attention away from where the action is. Surprisingly my training in the illusionary arts has come in very handy while observing the world of politics. Today I want to give you one example of what the other hand is doing. H. R. 413 has been called an effort to Nationalize local police and fire. Nationalization might be a difficult arguement, however it does effectively take away the ability of a local government to decide wages of its public safety personel and firmly place them in the hands of the federal government. Local governments are deeply stressed in these economic times and balancing their books has not been harder in decades. How can federalizing the wages of public safety officers in any way help local economies? This is an effort at further government control, and forcing local governments to be even more dependent on the feds. What is the point of having local governments at this rate? And that ladies and gentlemen is the point. Here is a list of the power players involved and how much they have recieved from lobbyists hoping to get this passed:

Top recipients for ALL supporting interest groups
Name / Amount recieved
Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] $125,502
Rep. Scott Murphy [D, NY-20] $53,944
Rep. Mark Critz [D, PA-12] $44,860
Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL-19] $35,000
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32] $33,500
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23] $32,500
Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10] $30,500
Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] $28,500
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] $25,000
Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17] $25,000

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] $30,000
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] $27,332
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] $22,000
Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D, MD] $22,000
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA] $14,000
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT] $13,750
Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO] $12,000
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $12,000
Sen. Russell Feingold [D, WI] $11,400
Sen. Al Franken [D, MN] $10,750

This bill is an effort to reward Labor unions for their hard work in getting the left elected. Watch this one closely. It has gotten very little media attention, and has the potential to break the backs of many small communities.

As a side note. An agreement has been made, and final negotiations have been completed to start bringing you some video blogs. I will be using some of my magic skills as visual representations of government, and current events.

GG

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2 Responses to H.R. 413 (What the other hand is doing)

  1. Sweetiebv says:

    I am not sure that I can agree just from reading the summary below that what H.R. 413 will do is put wage control in the hands of the federal government. It is definitely not nationalization, but it does put federal government where it does not need to be between local governments and their employees. I can foresee how it can create HUGE problems for local governments. Of course our local police and fire departments have an extremely difficult job, but unionizing is not going to magically produce more money to pay them.

    This summary was copied from http://www.govtrack.us.
    Congressional Research Service 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.

  2. The Crawfish says:

    I just recently became a union member for the first time and I say the fewer people in unions the better.

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