Today Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) voted against Republican-backed legislation in the House of Representatives, designed to weaken the authority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in order to make it easier for major corporations to cut labor costs by shipping jobs overseas. H.R. 2587, the Outsourcers' Bill of Rights, unfortunately passed the House of Representatives with a 288 -- 186 vote.
"After more than 250 days in the majority, House Republicans have made it clear to the American people that they have absolutely no agenda to create new jobs here in America," said Rep. Baca. "With over 14.3% unemployment in San Bernardino County, my constituents need our help. They deserve better than today's legislation, which makes it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and allows employers to punish workers for exercising their right to organize."
H.R. 2587 strips the NLRB of its authority to prevent a company from moving when they do so solely for unlawful purposes, such as to retaliate against workers seeking to form a union. This effectively allows employers to punish employees for exercising their rights to organize for better pay, benefits, and safer working conditions. The bill also takes unprecedented steps to undermine collective bargaining rights in the construction industry. Building trade workers could no longer effectively enforce agreements to protect their jobs from runaway subcontracting.
"President Obama has presented Congress with a bold plan of action to create new jobs here at home," continued Rep. Baca. "But instead of taking action on the American Jobs Act, Republicans are recklessly moving forward with legislation that will cost American workers jobs by making it easier for companies to outsource work overseas."
"This year, Americans have witnessed heinous attacks on the rights of American working families by Republican leaders all across the country," concluded Rep. Baca. "Sadly, these attacks have continued with the passage of this Outsourcers' Bill of Rights. Instead of creating new jobs and working to strengthen the middle class, Republicans are determined to create a race to the bottom for workers' rights, wages, benefits, and safety conditions. I will continue to oppose all efforts to ship American jobs overseas, and am committed to swift passage of the American Jobs Act."