U.S. Senate Refuses to Stand Up to NLRB

April 24, 2012 J

ARLINGTON, VA – Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s leading economic freedom advocate, today issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s job-killing vote allowing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to impose rules that favor union bosses over common sense and job creation. Despite the NLRB’s gross overreach speeding up union elections, Senator Enzi’s resolution of disapproval, S. J. Res. 36, would have stopped this “ambush” union elections rule.

“The Senate’s refusal to stand up to the NLRB today was disappointing. The board is aggressively moving to change the rules regarding union-organizing elections to advantage Big Labor and sideline any ability by employees and employers to discuss the pending election. This ambush election rule isn’t pro-worker, it’s pro-Big Labor,” said AFP Director of Policy James Valvo. “We should all be thankful to Senator Mike Enzi for filing a CRA disapproval resolution so that all senators had an opportunity to stand up for employees and employers in their states. Unfortunately, not enough of them did so.”

While disappointing, this vote is not shocking. This is just another a special favor for big labor, making it easier for unions to win organizing elections by ambushing businesses and employees with union elections in as little as 10 days. It is time the NLRB goes back to the drawing board and rewrites these misguided rules that play favorites at the expense of American job creators.

Over the last year, AFP has called on Congress to support S.J.Res. 36 and H.J.Res. 103, resolutions that would stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from imposing such destructive ambush union election rules. AFP activists also put more than 12,000 comments in the official docket and sent 14,000 emails to Capitol Hill.

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