WASHINGTON, D.C. | November 23, 2011
House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement in response to new developments surrounding the National Labor Relations Board ambush election scheme:
“The state of dysfunction at the National Labor Relations Board is simply unprecedented. This is no way to govern the labor policies of virtually every private workplace, especially at a time when employers remain reluctant to hire and 14 million workers are unemployed. The growing controversy surrounding the board's ambush election scheme is especially troubling. The Democrat members of the board are determined to finalize a flawed rule that will devastate the nation's workforce, and by ignoring long-standing policies intended to preserve the integrity of the board’s actions. If Chairman Pearce is interested in restoring faith in the board, he needs to start by withdrawing his ambush election proposal and respond in full to the committee's oversight request without further delay.”
On October 27, Chairman Kline sent a letter to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce requesting information about the status and development of the ambush proposal. After receiving an incomplete response and in light of new concerns raised by board member Brian Hayes, on November 18 Chairman Kline renewed his request related to the board’s union election rule.
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