***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Hold Hearing on Right to Work
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to Testify
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2015
On Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m., Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) will testify at a hearing chaired by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN). The hearing, entitled “Compulsory Unionization through Grievance Fees: The NLRB’s Assault on Right to Work,” will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
In 1947, Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act, which amended the National Labor Relations Act to allow states to prohibit compulsory union membership. Known as a “right-to-work” law, this state-based policy ensures union membership cannot be a condition of employment and employees cannot be required to pay union dues and fees. Twenty-six states and territories have passed right-to-work laws. In April, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) invited public comment on whether the board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Such a change would depart from long-standing labor policy and undermine employee protections provided under state right-to-work laws.
Tomorrow’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to explore right-to-work laws and how suggested changes to the grievance process would affect workers. To learn more about the hearing, visit www.republicans-edlabor.house.gov/hearings.
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The Honorable Pete Ricketts
Ms. Elise Gould