This week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on legislation aimed at rolling back a host of new, union-backed rules by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
While House Democrats and the NLRB have already vowed to stop the legislation from ever reaching the floor, the hearing itself puts the NLRB in the position of yet again defending its controversial workplace rulings after its national PR disaster with Boeing, and a darkening jobs environment.
The new bill, called The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act and introduced by committee Chairman John Kline of Minnesota, empowers and protects employers and employees in the face of NLRB rules supported by labor bosses. The bill ensures a reasonable period of time for workers to consider union proposals, and protects the time-honoredtradition of voting in union elections by secret ballot.
According to Chairman Kline’s committee, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) will do the following:
· Ensure employers are able to participate in a fair union election process;
· Guarantee workers have the ability to make a fully informed decision in a union election;
· Reinstate the traditional standard for determining which employees will vote in the union election; and
· Safeguard privacy by allowing workers to decide the type of personal information provided to a union.
Supporters of the bill are expected to shine a light on the dangerous overreach by the NLRB in forcing heavy-handed rules on small business owners, and on union members rendered powerless in the face of backlash if and whenthey – heaven forbid – disagree with or oppose collective bargaining agreements. And they’ll be right to do so.
Congressman Kline’s legislation has the support of small business owners, retail organizations, and employers seeking basic parity against union bosses - not union members – in the collective bargaining process.
If the NLRB and its allies in the AFL-CIO use this hearing to continue its defiant opposition to Congressman Kline’s bill and stand shoulder to shoulder with union leadership amidst 9 percent unemployment, the agency and its bosses at the White House will prove the Boeing fiasco wasn’t just a labor dispute gone wrong. It was only the beginning.