WASHINGTON, D.C. | April 24, 2012
U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement today after Senate Democrats defeated a resolution that would have blocked changes to long-standing rules governing union elections that were recently approved by the National Labor Relations Board:
“By giving the green light to the NLRB's ambush election scheme, Senate Democrats have undermined the workplace rights of workers and employers. The Obama board is determined to pursue radical regulatory changes that would restrict employers’ free speech and workers’ free choice. The board’s proposal would also jeopardize worker privacy, forcing workers to surrender a wealth of personal information to union bosses. There is no end to the NLRB's anti-worker agenda and it appears there is no end to the Democrats’ allegiance to Big Labor.
“I commend those in the Senate who voted to protect the nation’s workers and employers. As the NLRB continues to promote a culture of union favoritism that undermines the strength of the American workforce, House Republicans are committed to holding the Obama board accountable for its job-destroying agenda.”
In November, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094), legislation that would rein in the National Labor Relations Board’s activist agenda and set in law protections workers and employers have long enjoyed. The bill awaits consideration in the Senate, along with more than 25 other House-passed bills in the House Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators.
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