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SENATE KILLS ANTI-STRIKER REPLACEMENT LEGISLATION

 SENATE KILLS ANTI-STRIKER REPLACEMENT LEGISLATION
 WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael R. Losey, SPHR,


president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today applauded the Senate's vote to continue debate on S.55, anti- striker replacement legislation, essentially killing the legislation for this Congress. Proponents of the legislation failed, by a vote of 57 to 42, to end a filibuster led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). This was the second unsuccessful effort by bill sponsors to obtain the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster.
 "By refusing to end debate on this piece of legislation, the Senate acknowledged that the existing balance of power between labor and management should not be disturbed," Losey said. "Companies can't be forced to accept unreasonable employee demands such as drastic wage or benefit increases or endure lengthy strikes or walkouts as they might have had to if the bill had become law." Under current law, employers are prohibited from permanently replacing employees who strike or walk off of the job over unfair labor practices. Bill S.55 would have extended this prohibition to situations where employers do not immediately meet demands for wages or benefits.
 "Just as they did in the House, proponents tried yet again to fix an unfixable bill to garner a veto proof margin," Losey said, referring to efforts by Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) to obtain support for a substitute measure which would impose an arbitration process on a labor dispute. The substitute would have brought the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service into virtually every labor dispute as part of a national collective bargaining strategy "which certainly wouldn't promote cooperative labor-management relations," Losey said.
 "The right of the union and its membership must be balanced against the right of ownership of the enterprise by the individual," Losey said. "By effectively killing S.55, the Senate has allowed this balance to continue."
 The Society for Human Resource Management is the leading voice of the human resource profession, representing the interests of 80,000 members from around the world including individuals from more than 400 professional and 200 student chapters.
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