Nomination: hearing before the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, second session, on W. J. Usery, jr., of Georgia, to be Secretary of Labor, January 28, 1976
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976
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Page 8 - Service is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States by so conserving and distributing their industrial activities as to improve their working conditions and advance their opportunities for profitable employment...
Page 20 - States that — (a) sound and stable industrial peace and the advancement of the general welfare, health, and safety of the Nation and of the best interest of employers and employees can most satisfactorily be secured by the settlement of issues between employers and employees through the processes of conference and collective bargaining between employers and the representatives of their employees...
Page 19 - I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that as far as the sea is concerned, it's no problem. I can part those waters as clean as a whistle with a flick of my finger.
Page 1 - Office of the Secretary of Labor Secretary The Secretary is the head of the Department of Labor and the principal adviser to the President on the development and execution of policies and the administration and enforcement of laws relating to wage earners, their working conditions, and their employment opportunities.
Page 19 - It is well for all the workers to seriously consider the plunge into government ownership; whether after all it would not involve the plight of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Page 19 - ... confronted by a deficit and tells a hard luck story to its petitioning; employes. Now what are these employes to do ? Meekly submit and submit to the injustice Congress refuses to remedy? They can not, like employes in private industries, assert their rights. It is claimed that government employes have foregone the right to strike. The government has restricted their political rights — political activity is not tolerated in the service. Many employes are women and therefore have not even the...
Page 9 - It has happened here in America. It has happened to you and to me. Government exists to create and preserve conditions in which people can translate their ideas into practical reality. In the best of times, much is lost in translation. But we try. Sometimes we have tried and failed. Always we have had the best of intentions. But in the recent past, we sometimes forgot the sound principles that guided us through most of our history. We wanted to accomplish...
Page 2 - It is the duty of the Service, in order to prevent or minimize interruptions of the free flow of commerce growing out of labor-management disputes, to assist the disputant parties in industries affecting interstate commerce to settle such disputes through conciliation and mediation.
Page 21 - YEARBOOK escapable mark of management. Government leaders in all administrations from President Kennedy's onward have tried to make the system work better, Usery continued, but "the truth remains that there is precious little collective bargaining in the federal sector." Usery added: ". . . so long as unions are restricted from bargaining on all of the vital economic issues, wages, pensions, medical care, vacations, holidays, insurance . . . and many aspects of a multitude of noneconomic Issues —...
Page 9 - One test of a healthy economy is a job for every American who wants to work. Government — our kind of government — cannot create that many jobs. But the federal government can create conditions and incentives for private business and industry to make more and more jobs.