Letter to the House on the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act
April 10, 2013
On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to VOTE NO on the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R.1120). This deceptively-titled bill would stall actions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and would be the source of indecision and doubt in their proceedings. Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress.
This bill would require the NLRB to suspend all activities that require a quorum and prohibit enforcement of any quorum-required action. H.R. 1120 would virtually shut down the agency and deny educators and other workers a final, enforceable order from the NLRB when they have been illegally fired, retaliated against, denied the right to bargain with their employer, or had their legal rights violated. Passage of this bill means workers’ appeals could not even be heard. Further, the bill retroactively applies which would invalidate decisions made by directors who were appointed after January 2012, which would be extremely problematic.
The NLRB ensures the rights of educators and workers to fight for better working conditions and to stand up for the salary and benefits they need to provide for their families. H.R. 1120 is an attack on these rights, which departs from a long-preserved American tradition of democracy in the workplace. This all comes at a time when millions of middle class Americans are struggling to meet their families’ basic needs.
NEA supports the working families of this country and strongly opposes any attempt to silence their voices and ignore their rights. Again, we strongly urge you to VOTE NO on this bill.
Director of Government Relations