On June 21, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed important new rules to improve and modernize the NLRB election process.
The proposed rule issued by the NLRB ensures workers have a basic right we hold dear in this country: the right to vote. By eliminating voting delays and modernizing an outdated system, the rule removes unfair obstacles so that workers can vote on whether to form a union if they want to. It’s a step in the right direction toward giving more workers a voice on the job, rebalancing our economy and rebuilding the middle class. Opposition to these modest changes is based on politics.
- This commonsense rule would ensure workers have a basic right we hold dear in this country—the right to vote. This rule removes unfair obstacles to give workers a fair chance to vote on whether to form a union.
- Giving workers a fair chance to vote is essential to rebuilding our middle class. The right to join together on the job is one of the few ways to rebalance our economy and ensure that workers have good jobs that can support a family.
- Eliminating excessive delays and litigation is good for employers, employees, and taxpayers who foot the bill. These modest changes will clean up a system plagued by delays, bureaucracy, and litigation. Currently, workers encounter delays of months and even years. Some never get to vote at all. This rule provides stability and a level playing field.
- Today, millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to get by, while CEOs are doing better than ever. Any bit of help for workers to get ahead in this economy is a good thing.
- The opposition to these changes is pure politics. This year, we have already seen unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights. Whether you’re a teacher, firefighter or nurse’s aide – right-wing legislators and corporate lobbyists have made it clear that their ultimate aim is to take away your rights on the job. Those who are protesting these modest changes are the same corporate lobbyists and right-wing politicians who have been attacking workers’ rights across the country.
Statements from the AFL-CIO and the NLRB:
- Click here to read a detailed press release from the NLRB…
- Click here to read a statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka…
- Click here to read a statement from NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman…