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HELP Subcommittee to Examine Impact of Union Pressure and the NLRB on Job Creation

On Thursday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), will hold a hearing entitled “Corporate Campaigns and the NLRB: The Impact of Union Pressure on Job Creation.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In recent years, unions have increasingly utilized corporate campaigns to disrupt the business routine of a targeted employer. Designed to place pressure on employers to meet union demands, corporate campaigns can include filing complaints with government agencies and orchestrating negative publicity campaigns aimed at undermining an employer’s reputation with their workers and local community.

While only 200 corporate campaigns were identified between 1974 and 1999, it was estimated in 2005 that between 15 and 20 corporate campaigns were underway at any given time. Many of the tactics used in a corporate campaign are governed by the National Labor Relations Act. Recent holdings and memoranda issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have helped expand the use of these union tactics.

Thursday’s hearing will give members an opportunity to examine the growing prevalence of corporate campaigns, review recent actions by the NLRB that have may encouraged this increase, and consider the effects these developments have on the workforce and job creation.

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