WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 17, 2012
Yesterday, 65 members of the House of Representatives and 44 United States Senators introduced a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that will block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent ambush election rule. In December, the NLRB finalized the first phase of its anti-worker election scheme that would allow union elections to take place in as little as 10 days.
The NLRB’s chairman has vowed future action on the rest of this plan, which is why Congress is using every tool available to protect workers and employers by reining in the power of the Obama labor board. In today’s Washington Times, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) – lead sponsor of the House resolution of disapproval – and F. Vincent Vernuccio at the Competitive Enterprise Institute describe the dangers of the NLRB’s ambush election plan and the need for congressional action:
Workers should be free to choose whether or not to join a union. They should be able to make that decision without pressure and with all the pertinent information available. The current regulations coming out of the NLRB undermine workers’ freedom of association by making this exceedingly difficult.
In response to Mr. Obama’s continuing assault on workers’ rights, on Thursday, Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, and I [Rep. Phil Gingrey] introduced a joint resolution of disapproval pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) on the NLRB’s ambush election rule. Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, introduced the Senate companion.
The CRA would allow Congress, with the full force of law, to reverse the NLRB’s “ambush elections” rule and restore the ability for workers to have the tools they need to make an informed decision when voting on unionization.
The House of Representatives already has passed, with bipartisan support, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which reins in the activist NLRB and preserves long-standing workforce protections. Congress must continue to use every tool available to support the rights of workers and employers. With each passing day, the board continues to promote a culture of union favoritism that undermines the strength of the American workforce. We must take action to prevent this assault on workers and employers.
To read the rest of today’s op-ed, click here.
To learn more about House action on this issue, click here.
To learn more about Senate action on this issue, click here.
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