Everytime i start to think "ya know maybe the democrats are a little to radical", "maybe the republican leadership really do want what's best for America," or "I think the conservatives have been unfairly labeled as bigots and masoganist," They do something incredibly stupid!
Recently AL Franken introduced an amendment to the defence appropriations bill for 2010 that would essentially prevent companies who want to suck on the sweet tit of government defence pork from preventing employees from suing their employers if they are the victim of rape, assault, or false imprisonment. 30 Republicans voted against it. This effort to stop such an easy to support amendment is pathetic. Not only because its almost indefensible, but also because there excuses are complete humbug.
Republicans have claimed this would prevent arbitration from resolving labor disputes in businesses large and small and in matters involving much more that just defence contracts. Oh really? Well its a good thing your stopping it. I mean if all we have to do to preserve the long tradition of arbitration is allow a few women to be gang raped and locked in a container while the company takes absolutely no action to prevent/punish the behavior then I don't see a problem. If this bill did prevent allowing disputed parties from trying to settle tort disputes out of court, which is all that arbitration really is, you would think it would be longer than a freaking paragraph! The whole "let's claim a bill is something it really isn't because no one is going to check our bullshit" plan isn't going to work when smucks like me can post the entire actual amendment on their lame ass blog.
section 8014. (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any existing or Federal contract if the contractor or a subcontractor at any tier requires that an employee or independent contractor, as a condition of employment, sign a contract that mandates that the employee or independent contractor preforming work under the contract or subcontract resolve through arbitration any claim under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or any tort related to or arising out of sexual assault or harassment, including assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, or negligent hiring, supervision, or retention.
I guess Thomas.gov forgot to add the part about how they are eliminating a 3000 year old legal practice that can't really be effectively prevented anyway. Well I'm assuming the 30 republicans who voted against it actually read the bill and being senators actually have a good idea what this light legalese means. SOOOO what the "flip" guys? Do you not have a problem with rape or a company's refusal to enforce a sense of discipline on their employees? Do you refuse to consider the feeling of VIOLATION a woman must feel when raped?(note: im a male) Or do you draw your legislative line at any government regulation of contracts at all, even when a company so willingly neglects its employee's welfare? Thanks for reassuring my faith that conservatives have never had the interest of the people living in America involved in their voting habits.
here is the goverment website which posted the ammendment