H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2011
On October 5, 2011, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which will protect employer's free speech and worker's free choice. On November 30, 2011, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 235 to 188.
On June 22, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections. While it may sound modest, the proposed rule represents a dramatic shift in union election procedures that have stood for decades. The NLRB’s proposal will, among other things:
In August, the board also adopted a new standard in its Specialty Healthcare decision for determining which group or “unit” of employees will vote in the union election. This new standard makes it almost impossible for anyone to challenge the bargaining unit chosen by the union. The decision will divide employees and raise an employer’s labor costs.
The Need for Congressional Action:
It is clear the Obama labor board is committed to a culture of union favoritism that is hurting workers and employers. These recent actions will empower unions to manipulate the workforce for their own gain, while restricting an employer’s right to communicate with their employees and crippling an employee’s ability to make a fully informed decision. In an effort to prevent the activist NLRB from imposing sweeping changes to our workplaces, House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans introduced the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The legislation was approved by the committee on October 26, 2011.
Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act:
The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act will rein in the activist NLRB and reaffirm protections workers and job-creators have received for decades. To read a bill summary, click here.
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