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Letter urging the House Education and the Workforce Committee to oppose two NLRB-related bills

April 09, 2014

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, we urge you to oppose the Workforce Fairness and Democracy Act (H.R. 4320) and the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4321), scheduled for mark-up today. These misleadingly named bills are designed to undermine and thwart a proposed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule that would streamline procedures, heighten transparency, employ modern technology, and reduce unnecessary litigation related to the process of electing union representation.

Both bills would mandate delay for delays sake. After an election petition is filed, H.R. 4320 would require at least 35 days to elapse before holding the election itself no matter how small the bargaining unit is and even if no issues are in dispute. H.R. 4321 would deprive unions of critical information by allowing employers to delay provision of employee contact information for seven days, instead of two days as the NLRB has proposed. During these mandatory delays, employers could use intimidation and harassment to discourage employees from forming a union, including the hiring of union-busting companies.

Unions built Americas middle class and are essential to its survival. Yet H.R. 4320 and H.R. 4321 stack the deck against workers seeking to form a union. By design, these bills slow down and impede the process of electing union representation thereby undermining the National Labor Relations Act and its goal of employee free choice, curtailing collective bargaining rights, and silencing the voice of the middle class.

We urge you to oppose H.R. 4320 and H.R. 4321.

Sincerely,

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations