Letter to the House Oposing the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act
September 13, 2011
On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, we urge you to oppose the misleadingly named "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference" Act (H.R. 2587), scheduled for possible floor vote this week. This dangerous bill will not protect jobs. Rather, it will gut 70 year-old worker protections and put American workers and working families at risk. Votes on this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 112th Congress.
H.R. 2587 would open a huge hole in the National Labor Relations Act – a law that has protected American workers for more than 75 years. The NLRA ensures workers’ rights to fight for better working conditions and to stand up for the salary and benefits they need to provide for their families. By making it illegal to retaliate against workers who exercise their rights, the NLRA reflects the very values that make America great.
In contrast, H.R. 2587 is a reckless bill that will destroy workers’ rights. The bill strips from law the only meaningful remedy available to workers when companies violate their rights. It would make it easier for companies to ship jobs overseas and would allow a company to close its doors and set up a new company down the street in order to bust a union.
H.R. 2587 is not about creating jobs, it is about undermining workers’ rights. This attack on their rights, which departs from a long-preserved American tradition of democracy in the workplace, comes at a time when millions of American workers are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs.
We strongly urge you to VOTE NO on H.R. 2587.
Director of Government Relations
Manager of Federal Advocacy