Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), a member of the Education & workforce Committee and Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Labor Policy, released the following statement upon introduction of H.R. 3904, The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.
"This legislation serves to empower the individual laborer and not the labor bosses. By safeguarding privacy, ensuring free and fair elections and giving all affected employees a voice, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act is pro-worker and pro-free enterprise. The actions of an activist and out of control NLRB makes this bill all the more vital to the future of the American worker. Destroying jobs, attacking business and serving the select few may be the mission of the bureaucrats at the Department of Labor, but it is not the policy of this Congress or the American people."
The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) will:
* Ensures employers are able to participate in a fair union election process. The legislation provides employers at least 14 days to prepare their case to present before a NLRB election officer and an opportunity to raise additional concerns throughout the election hearing.
* Guarantees workers have the ability to make a fully informed decision in a union election. No union election will be held in less than 35 days, giving workers a chance to hear both sides of the debate. Important issues that can determine how a worker votes will be decided before ballots are cast.
* Reinstates the traditional standard for determining which employees will vote in the union election, restoring a standard that was developed through years of careful consideration and Congressional guidance.
* Protects workers' privacy by empowering workers to choose the type of personal contact information that is provided to the union.