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Letter Opposing Congressional Review Act (NLRB vote)

April 23, 2012

Dear Senator: 

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we strongly urge your opposition to the Congressional Review Act (SJ Res. 36), scheduled for a floor vote this week.  The CRA includes a provision disapproving and rendering ineffective a rule promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board that will facilitate the union election process.  Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Program for the 112th Congress. 

America’s labor unions have led the fight for working families, winning protections such as the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security.  Today, the fight continues both to retain these vital rights and to ensure a fair minimum wage, and a safe and healthy workplace. 

Paychecks are shrinking, health care costs are skyrocketing, and America’s workers are struggling to make ends meet.  In these tough times, when workers need more opportunities to get ahead, unions matter and make a difference.  Workers in unions earn 28 percent higher wages on average, and are 62 percent more likely to have employer-covered health coverage.  

The NLRB rule in question was designed to and speed up the existing union election process.  Faster elections reduce the chances for employer delay tactics, including intimidation and harassment of employee and the hiring of union busting companies.  The new NLRB rule makes modest, sensible changes to bring balance and fairness to the election process.   A vote against the resolution will preserve this important rule and help protect the rights of working people to achieve economic security. 

The Congressional Review Act provision represents another in a steady stream of attacks on the middle class and America’s working families.  These attacks run counter to a long-preserved American tradition of democracy in the workplace. 

We urge your opposition to the Congressional Review Act. 

Sincerely, 

Kim Anderson
Director, Center for Advocacy 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations