The question of what is fair for workers and employers in union-organizing elections was front and center during the House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing today. The legislation at the center of the hearing, The Workforce Fairness and Democracy Act (H.R. 3094), would restore fairness by reversing the Big Labor-backed NLRB decisions that would, in the words of Chairman John Kline,“wreak havoc on the nation’s workforce.”
The NLRB is focused on “promoting unionization by stifling employers’ free speech and crippling employees’ free choice.”
—Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
As Chairman Kline said in his opening remarks, the NLRB is focused on “promoting unionization by stifling employers’ free speech and crippling employees’ free choice.” Specifically, the NLRB has changed U.S. labor law to enable “quickie elections” and “micro unions.” A distinguished panel testified in favor of H.R. 3094 and pointed out why these NLRB actions need to be fixed by Congress.
Charles Cohen, a former member of the NLRB, said this legislation would “restore the central role Congress should play” in changing labor law. He pointed out the NLRB’s actions would “effectively gut” an employer’s ability to respond to a unionization drive.
Micro unions would be disastrous to employers and workers.
Robert Sullivan, who spoke on behalf of retailers, explained why allowing micro unions would be disastrous to employers and workers. Using the example of a grocery store, he illustrated how employees do different jobs at different times. If each group of employees were part of its own bargaining unit, this would prevent flexibility in the workforce and hurt both employers and employees.
Phillip Russell, a labor attorney, echoed Sullivan’s concerns and said micro unions would be “barriers to advancement” for employees.
The witnesses and Congressmen in favor of the Workforce Fairness and Democracy Act gave ample evidence on why this act is needed and how the NLRB is promoting Big Labor’s agenda. Congress would take an important step to rein in this rogue agency by passing this legislation.