House Rebukes Labor Board in Effort to Check 'Rogue' Agency; NLRB OKs Expedited Votes on Unions
Byline: Tim Devaney, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The House on Wednesday approved a bill designed to rein in the National Labor Relations Board in what GOP critics of the board said was an effort to stop the rogue agency from rewriting federal labor law to increase the ability of unions to organize a work site.
The rebuke was issued on the same day that the NLRB, an independent agency dominated by President Obama's appointees, voted 2-1 to advance a measure for unions to hold expedited elections in as few as 10 days after a petition to organize is filed. A final vote from the board is likely to be taken next month.
Mr. Obama's two appointees to the board supported the measure, while the lone Republican appointee, Brian Hayes, voted against.
Labor unions, a key political bloc for Mr. Obama, say employers have exploited current practices to delay organizing votes indefinitely and intimidate workers. Business groups say the NLRB changes will lead to ambush elections and sharply restrict their ability to make the case to their employees against forming a union.
The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, introduced in October by Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, would shoot down the NLRB resolution, requiring a minimum of 35 days before a vote can be taken.
After defeating a string of Democratic amendments designed to weaken the measure, the House voted 235-188 Wednesday evening to approve the bill. Eight Republicans voted against the bill, while six Democrats supported it.
Imagine voting on the president of the United States in 10 days, said Rep. David P. Roe, Tennessee Republican, during Wednesday's floor debate.
The board seems utterly determined to finalize this flawed proposal, regardless of the damage to the integrity of the board and our workplaces, he said. Rest assured, we in Congress will continue to use every tool at our disposal to safeguard the rights of workers and employers. …