SENATOR KENNEDY'S REMARKS ON THE RESPECT ACT
Today Senator Dodd, Senator Durbin, and Senator Kennedy will introduce the Re-empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Trade workers Act, also known as the, "RESPECT ACT." Below are Senator Kennedy's remarks in support of this legislation:
"It's an honor to join Senator Dodd and Senator Durbin in introducing this important bill. We know that countless working families across America are struggling to make ends meet, and a major part of the problem is that employees are no longer receiving their fair share of the nation's economic growth. At a time when millions of Americans need and deserve a stronger voice in the workplace, it's appalling that the National Labor Relations Board - the agency entrusted with protecting employee rights - seems intent upon taking these rights away from hard-working men and women. The time has come for Congress to step in and correct this injustice. The RESPECT Act will restore fundamental rights to more than 8 men and women who care for our nation's sick and elderly, construct our great buildings of commerce, keep our offices up and running, and work hard for their families every day. "