What: All Issues : Labor Rights : Rights of Individuals in the Workplace : S. 256. Bankruptcy/Vote on Amendment to Strike from Republican-Sponsored Bill to Alter Federal Bankruptcy Rules a Time Limit for Workers Recovering Pay Owed from Corporations Declaring Bankruptcy.
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S. 256. Bankruptcy/Vote on Amendment to Strike from Republican-Sponsored Bill to Alter Federal Bankruptcy Rules a Time Limit for Workers Recovering Pay Owed from Corporations Declaring Bankruptcy.
senate Roll Call 32     Mar 09, 2005
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N = Progressive
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In this vote, the Senate defeated an amendment offered by Tom Harkin (D-IA) to strike from S. 256 a time limit for workers recovering pay owed from corporations declaring bankruptcy. S. 256 was a Republican-sponsored bill to alter federal bankruptcy laws. Making the Progressive argument, Harkin noted that according to language of the bill, workers trying to recover vacation, sick and severance pay from corporate employers in bankruptcy proceedings would be limited to pay accrued in the 180 days immediately prior to the company's filing for bankruptcy, even if the worker had worked for years for the company and accrued pay over that entire period. Harkin noted that his amendment would not alter the bill's limit for such recoverable pay of $10,000 (up from $5,000 in current law); he stressed, however, that not to allow workers to recover up to the full $10,000 if they have earned it would be "grossly unfair." Republicans did not offer any specific arguments against this amendment on the floor, but in general, they were anxious to keep the bill "clean," meaning free from most amendments, because the House had already indicated it would not accept a bankruptcy bill laden with amendment language. Progressives were defeated on this vote 48 to 52. Thus, language was left in the bill limiting workers' ability to recover pay from companies declaring bankruptcy. The language limited workers to pay accrued in the 180 days immediately prior to the companies' filing for bankruptcy, even if workers had accumulated pay within the $10,000 limit, but just over a longer period of time.

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