Jul 7, 2011

Are Congressional Republicans on a NLRB Witch Hunt?

American Rights at Work is a
great resource for more on the
NLRB proposed rule changes.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is holding a hearing this morning on the new NLRB proposed rule changes which would create more efficient, shorter elections and cut out much of the bureaucracy that plagues both business and workers during union elections. Catherine Fist, a professor of law at the University of CA-Irvine, said that the new NLRB rule is "modest and long over-due." 

Don't expect a fair hearing, though, from Republican Chairman Kline and Republicans on the committee; they've titled the hearing "Rushing Union Elections: Protecting the Interests of Big Labor at the Expense of Workers' Free Choice." Which should tell you something about whose side they're really on. (HINT: It's NOT workers' side. Anyone using terms like "Big Labor" is not on workers' side at all.)

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions) said that "instead of talking about ways to put people back to work, Republicans are conducting another witch hunt against the NLRB." Rep. Andrews also mentioned that the Democrats were only allowed to have one witness at the hearing. Guess who Republicans have on the witness list? More than one witness - including a partner at anti-labor law firm Jackson Lewis. We're guessing he'll be totally fair and impartial.

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