Senators report on Iran nuclear act and opposition to micro-unions

Support grows for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

face-the-nation-web5CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said bipartisan support is growing for his legislation to require con gressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the bill on April 14.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would mandate the president submit the text of any agreement to Congress and prohibit the administration from suspending congressional sanctions for 60 days. During that period, Congress would have the opportunity to hold hearings and approve, disapprove or take no action on the agreement.

Corker also reiterated his hope that a strong agreement which stands the test of time and prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapon can be reached.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was among the act’s co-authors.

Sen Alexander tries to stop micro-unions

Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate labor committee, cosponsored legislation on March 19 that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to allow “micro-unions,” collective bargaining units made up of subsets of
employees within the same company.

“The NLRB’s decision to allow micro-unions divides workplaces and makes it harder and more expensive for employers to manage their workplace and do business,” Alexander said.

The Representation Fairness Restoration Act was introduced by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), chairman of the subcommittee on employment and workplace safety.

The legislation is in response to the 2011 NLRB Specialty Healthcare decision that let unions handpick small numbers of employees within a company—doing similar jobs in the same location—to form micro-bargaining units. This makes it easier for unions to cherry-pick pro-union employees. Creating several different unions within a work location makes it more difficult for employers to manage fragmentation in their workplaces.