You may have heard that yesterday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took a step toward approving a final rule to modernize the union election process. Immediately after this modest action was take, House Republicans passed legislation to block that rule.
Here's what UFCW President Joe Hansen had to say on the day's events:
"The NLRBs proposed rule to streamline the vote for union representation would be a modest but important first step toward fixing a broken process that favors CEOs over workers. Justice delayed is justice denied, and that is too often the case for workers that file a union election petition. Many employers delay, delay, and delay some more through frivolous litigation and other procedural tactics. They use this time to intimidate, harass, and in some cases fire pro-union employees. The result is an unfair election or no election at all. This proposed rule would ensure that when a majority of workers want to have a voice on the job, they will be able to do so, free of interference.
"With the rule not even finalized, House Republicans have continued their assault on workers by passing legislation to block it. It is the latest act by a party more committed to denying the rights of workers to stick together than fixing the economy and creating jobs. Like the rest of the extreme anti-worker measures passed by the House, we expect this one will be given a quick death in the Senate.
“Union contracts offer the best opportunity for stable, middle-class jobs. The NLRB is charged with protecting the right of every American to bargain for a better life. This proposed rule would do just that. It should be adopted."
No matter how far Republicans in Congress take their assault on workers, the UFCW is committed to continuing our fight to protect the rights of workers and strengthen America’s middle class. We do so by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream.You can connect with us online by joining our community on Facebook or following us on Twitter.