Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) criticized the House Committee on Education and the Work Force passing of Republicans' anti-union legislation, H.R. 3094, on a strict party line vote. This measure is designed to curtail labor organizing rights by repealing a National Labor Relations Board proposal to streamline the union election process and increase fairness for American workers. The legislation will now go to the floor for a full vote by the House of Representatives.
"I am deeply dismayed by the Republican-led Education and the Workforce Committee's decision to roll back common-sense regulations issued by the independent National Labor Relations Board. The party-line vote on this legislation makes it more difficult for workers to organize into labor unions in a fair and transparent manner, at a time when middle class Americans can't afford to have the deck further stacked against them.
"The right to form a union is a fundamental right, and Republican efforts to chip away and dismantle these rights are not only wrong, they are bad for the economy.
"It's been 297 days and House Republicans have yet to offer a legitimate jobs bill. The lack of action demonstrates that they are more concerned about implementing their own ideological agenda than giving the American people the tools they need to get our economy moving."
Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.