Committee Leaders Defend Workers' Rights
Oppose Democrat efforts to weaken rights to a secret ballot union election and remove important privacy protections
WASHINGTON, D.C. | October 26, 2011
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. This important legislation rolls back the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) activist agenda and restores key protections to workers and employers.
Rather than join Republicans in holding the NLRB accountable for its extreme agenda, committee Democrats chose to offer a number of amendments that would further undermine the rights of workers. Committee Republicans offered a bold defense in support of employees' privacy and their right to a secret ballot in a union election.
In the clip below, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) describes how the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act protects workers' privacy:
“I find this amendment very disturbing in that it would severely jeopardize the privacy of employees. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act is a responsible plan that not only restores years of labor practices, but strengthens the privacy of workers.”
Watch as Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) opposes a cynical amendment by committee Democrats that would weaken a worker's right to a secret ballot election:
“It is unfortunate that no matter the risks posed to workers, the members on the other side continue to pursue any flawed policy to promote the extreme agenda of their union allies. The Obama NLRB has already hinted at its desire to allow electronic voting in union elections. This is simply a new twist on an old idea – call it e-card check."
While Democrats defend the job-destroying agenda of their union allies, House Republicans will continue to oppose efforts that undermine the strength of the American workforce.