Washington, D.C. – In December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule designed to cut back on the delays and red tape that often prevent employees from having a fair vote on whether to form a union. Today right-wing legislators made an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the rule with S.J. Res. 36, which the Senate rejected by a vote of 45–54.
In response, American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown issued the following statement:
"The NLRB's rule helps ensure that workers have a fair vote by cutting back on opportunities for companies to manipulate the election process with delays and frivolous litigation. But corporate-backed politicians in Congress attempted to reverse this modest progress for workers, in yet another display of their flagrant disregard for our nation's middle class.
This resolution would have made it even harder for workers to get a simple up-or-down vote on forming a union by enabling law-breaking employers to pursue costly delays and litigation in their attempts to avoid respecting their workers’ choice to form unions.
Today's divisive effort was the latest in a relentless series of attacks on the NLRB by extremist legislators who would rather dismantle protections for everyday Americans than work to create jobs and balance in our economy. Thankfully, common sense prevailed, and a majority in the Senate affirmed the need for more safeguards for workers, and not Big Business."
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