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Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ROSS of Florida. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the recognition and also for bringing forth this most necessary legislation.
I rise in support of H.R. 3094. Quite simply put, the National Labor Relations Board has lost all credibility. From its anti-American attack on Boeing to its inability to allow Delta employees to choose their own labor future, the NLRB has become nothing more than a taxpayer-funded Big Labor advocate.

The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act is just what it says it is, legislation that, if passed, will enshrine in law the rights of the American worker to both information and choice, two things my friends on the other side of the aisle believe in as well.

What is truly sad, Mr. Chairman, is that taxpayers, already living under the burden of exploding debt and record unemployment, are paying the salaries of NLRB attorneys and administrators to stifle employment and to ship jobs overseas. The proposed NLRB rule remedied by this legislation requiring elections be held in as little as 10 days gives workers virtually no opportunity to inform themselves about their rights.

To show just how radical this NLRB has become, we must ask ourselves, when in the history of this great Republic has shortening the time for an election been considered more fair? We hear Members from the other side of the aisle say that even requiring some to show identification to vote is unfair and restrictive. But drastically cutting short the time for an election is more fair?

As if that was not radical enough, the NLRB's decision on micro-unions overturns 30 years of successful precedent. For example, at retail stores, multiple labor unions could target unorganized different groups of workers. Sales persons, merchandise managers, department managers, stock clerks, and security guards could each form separate unions. This will put worker against worker, and employers will spend more time negotiating with unions than they do on focusing on their jobs and on their business.

The question we must ask is, what are they so afraid of? The answer is they're afraid of an American worker free to work hard and earn the fruits of that labor. They're afraid of the American worker given the right to choose their own future. I don't know about anyone else, but I trust the American worker to make the right decision. I don't trust the government.

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