National Labor Relations Boardby Senator Harry Reid
Posted on 2015-03-03
REID. Mr. President, last December, rightfully, the National
Labor Relations Board voted to make important changes to union election
procedures. Their rule changes are good for workers and businesses.
They modernize the election process and help prevent delays and
I am sure there are some businesses that oppose this, but I haven't found them. This is simply a problem that has been engendered by the Republicans in the Senate. They are trying to roll back these reforms instead of supporting the rights of workers. The reforms they made are so basic, such as using email and using other processes such as a fax machine and using the employers' records, not the unions' records.
Later this afternoon the Senate will consider a Republican-introduced resolution of disapproval which seeks to undo the NLRB's rules changes. This is yet another sad reminder of how little regard Republicans have for the American worker.
Last year we saw Republicans vote against an increase in the minimum wage, as well as legislation that would ensure American women get the same pay for doing the same work as men. Republicans in Congress I don't think get it.
We are in this building, in this Chamber, to help the American people and want to work to make sure businesses are prosperous, but we also can't lose sight of the fact that workers are what makes the businesses profitable.
So if you are for American workers and the families they support, then prove it with your vote on this resolution.