Today Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) voted against Republican-backed legislation in the House of Representatives, designed to deny American workers their right to a free and fair election to form a union. H.R. 3094, the Election Prevention Act, unfortunately passed the House of Representatives with a 235 -- 188 vote.
"After more than 11 months in control, 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 13% unemployment and one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the nation, working families in San Bernardino County need our help. They deserve better than today's legislation, which fundamentally undermines the rights of every American worker by manipulating the union election process to ensure the odds are always stacked in favor of the employer."
H.R. 3094 denies American workers their right to a free and fair election in three key ways:
Mandating undue and arbitrary delays in union elections after petitions to explore union formation are filed;
Encouraging frivolous lawsuits that are designed to slow down the election process and stall votes on unionization; and
Manipulating the procedure for deciding who is in a bargaining unit.
"Right now, Congress should be working to create jobs, strengthen small businesses, and grow our economy," continued Rep. Baca. "But instead of focusing on the real problems facing our nation, Republicans are recklessly moving forward with legislation to deny the most basic rights that all working men and women deserve."
"This year, Americans have witnessed heinous attacks on the collective bargaining rights of American workers by Republican leaders all across the country," concluded Rep. Baca. "Sadly, with the passage of the Election Prevention Act, the Republican leadership in Washington is picking up this same line of attack. I will continue to stand with middle class families, and oppose all efforts to undermine the rights of the American worker."