“NLRB Reform Act” will help ensure stability for American workers
Washington, D.C., Sept. 16 - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the NLRB Reform Act to turn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from an advocate to an umpire and keep the general counsel from operating as an activist for one side or the other.
McConnell said: “Sen. Alexander has always been a strong advocate of smart reform policies, and I commend him for introducing this much needed reform of the National Labor Relations Board,” said Senate Republican Leader McConnell. “Whether it’s the President’s unconstitutional effort to pack the NLRB with liberal partisans two years ago, or efforts to undermine secret ballots for union elections, it’s past time to restore the NLRB to its proper role as an umpire, instead of an advocate for the Right or the Left.”
Alexander said: “This legislation will turn the National Labor Relations Board from an advocate to the umpire it ought to be. The board is too partisan, swinging from one side to the other with each new administration--and while this didn’t start with President Obama, it’s gotten worse as he's loaded the board with union insiders. It's time for the board to restore stability to our nation's workplaces, with nonpartisan decisions made more quickly, assisted by a neutral general counsel.”
The NLRB Reform Act addresses three problems with the board—its partisanship, its activist general counsel, and its slow decision-making—with three solutions. The legislation will:
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