Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in support of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094):
"The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should not serve as an advocate for labor unions. Their proposed rule to change the way union elections are conducted is a significant shift from the carefully negotiated process that has worked for decades. This proposed rule and other NLRB initiatives are unequivocally pro-union and unfair. I voted for the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act so that employees can make informed decisions and have confidence in the integrity of union elections."
Summary of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act:
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 pre-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 from filing a petition for election. Workers will have a chance to hear both sides of the debate and 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.
Source: "H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act Fact Sheet," House Education and Workforce Committee, 11/18/11