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Kline, Roe Respond to NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) issued the following statements after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released an “ambush election” rule that significantly alters union election procedures:

"This ambush election scheme will make it virtually impossible for workers to make an informed decision in union elections,” said Chairman Kline. “Just as troubling, the rule is a direct threat to the privacy of workers and their families. Joining a union is an important decision; every employee deserves a reasonable amount of time to consider all the facts before casting his or her vote. Current policies provide workers such an opportunity, and they shouldn't be discarded in a blatant ploy to benefit union bosses. The committee will continue to conduct aggressive oversight of this deeply misguided rule.”

"The board's ambush election rule is the latest assault on our nation's workplaces by the Obama administration,” said Rep. Roe. “This flawed proposal will stifle employer free speech and cripple worker free choice, and the only entity that stands to gain is Big Labor. Under the president's watch, workers and job creators have lost faith in the board's ability to fairly and objectively administer the law. Rather than work to restore the public's trust, the board seems determined to make matters worse. At a time when millions are searching for a job and struggling to make ends meet, America’s workers and job creators deserve better.”

NOTE: The Education and the Workforce Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the ambush election rule on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Witnesses and additional details will be posted at 


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