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Opposition to NLRB’s Activist Agenda Intensifies
Newspaper Articles Urge Support for Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a vote on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094). This commonsense legislation is a key component of House Republicans’ efforts to protect American workplaces from the radical agenda of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In recent months, the NLRB has advanced a series of reckless changes to federal labor policies that undermine the rights of employers and employees. Central to the board’s efforts is the controversial “ambush elections” scheme, which House Majority Leader Eric Cantor dubbed one of the “top 10 job-destroying regulations”. Below, a collection of recent articles featured in newspapers across the country illustrate the need for swift passage of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act:

The Wall Street Journal -

Under current rules, companies typically have five to six weeks to make their case to employees before the union holds a secret-ballot election. The Becker-Pearce putsch would give labor organizers months to quietly pitch workers, then give targeted companies less than two weeks to react and make their own case before a quickie election…This is Big Labor's version of speed dating... Read more…

The Las Vegas Review Journal –

If the unions have so far failed to get rid of the ballot, they now hope to encourage so-called "ambush elections" making it harder for companies to present their side of the issue prior to a vote…That's the obvious goal of a regulation the union-dominated National Labor Relations Board hopes to ram through before next year…

In fact, employers have as much right as labor bosses do to make their arguments to employees on the pros and cons of unionization. That a major portion of labor's efforts these days seems to be fixing the rules in its own favor is a sad testament to its faith in its own agenda. Read more… 

The Washington Examiner –

Union membership peaked at 26 percent of the work force in 1953. Today, only 9.6 percent of workers are union members. In the private sector, less than 7 percent of workers are unionized. The NLRB regulation to be adopted next Wednesday is designed to reverse that trend. Union organizers would be empowered to force hurry-up, or "ambush," elections in less than two weeks. At best, this compressed schedule would significantly reduce the time business owners and managers have to make their case against unionization. Read more…

The Pittsburgh Tribune –

As its attempt to deny Boeing its right to do business where it wishes also shows, this jobs-killing NLRB is union bosses' puppet. An economy struggling under Obamanomics' burdens cannot afford any more NLRB gifts to Big Labor. Read more…

The Corpus Christi Caller -

The legislation would prevent Obama's labor board from changing the rules that govern workplace elections by shortening the window from a median time of 38 days to as little as 10. The NLRB-proposed rule change which is known as "quickie" or "ambush" elections is anti-worker and anti-employer. It would limit an employer's right to communicate with his or her own employees, and disallow employees from hearing all sides and making an informed choice on the formation of a union. Read more…

The Tennessean –

[T]he Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., strikes back against some of the job-killing decisions by the NLRB. The NLRB believes that 10 days is quite enough. This short window would give union bosses all the time they need to rig an election, and then spring the actual vote on workers and employers with little warning. Read more…

For more information about the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, click here.  

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