WASHINGTON, D.C. | September 16, 2011 -
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support legislation to prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from dictating where a private business can and cannot create jobs. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act
) is a key component of the House Republican jobs agenda
that will remove regulatory roadblocks to job creation.
As House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline stated
after House passage of this important jobs bill, "The House of Representatives sent a strong message to the American people: We will not stand by while the NLRB destroys jobs and wreaks havoc on our economy." Today's headlines highlight this most recent Republican effort to protect employers and workers.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation curbing the powers of the National Labor Relations Board, a move spurred by an April action against Boeing Co. (BA) that has become a presidential campaign issue.
The Republican-led House voted 238-186 today for the bill, which would bar the board from ordering companies to close, move or open factories when labor laws are violated. The NLRB general counsel said Boeing should start a second assembly line in Washington state after finding the company built a non-union South Carolina factory to retaliate for labor strikes.
“If the president does not hold the labor board accountable for its job-destroying agenda, Congress will,” said Representative John Kline, a Minnesota Republican and chairman of the committee that sponsored the measure. “It is time we forced the NLRB to change course.”
From USA Today:
The measure, approved on a 238 to 186 vote, would ban the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to shut down plants or relocate work, even if a company violates labor laws.
While the bill is not expected to get a vote in the Democratic-run Senate, Republicans are trying to keep up pressure on the agency over a move they claim interferes with legitimate business decisions.
"It tells job creators they don't have to fear an activist NLRB reversing important decisions about where to locate a business," said Minnesota Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
From the Washington Times:
The House passed a Republican measure Thursday that calls for curtailing the National Labor Relations Board’s enforcement power — a move that would undermine a federal complaint against the Boeing Co. for opening a new plant in South Carolina.
The bill would prohibit the NLRB from ordering an employer to shut down plants or relocate work, even if a company is found to have illegally retaliated against unionized employees.
“The Republican bill simply says that forcing a business to close its doors and relocate to another part of the country is an unacceptable remedy for today’s workforce,” said Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican and chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
From The Hill:
The House approved legislation Thursday prohibiting National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from dictating corporate decisions about where to set up shop.
The House approved H.R. 2587 in a 238-186 vote in which eight Democrats joined Republicans in supporting the bill and seven Republicans voted against it. ...
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), would prohibit the labor board from ordering a company to relocate its employment. If the NLRB's complaint against Boeing is held up, the company would have to maintain the production line in Washington, though it would not be forced to close its South Carolina operations.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The Republican-led House voted Thursday to ban the National Labor Relations Board from telling a company where it can operate, a measure inspired by Boeing Co.'s fight with the board over a South Carolina production plant. ...
The bill was drafted by Rep. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina. That state is the home of the Boeing production line that spurred the NLRB's complaint. The bill would prohibit the federal agency from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business under any circumstance. Read more...
To watch Education and the Workforce Republicans voice their strong support for the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, click here.
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