Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)voted today against H.R. 1120, an anti-labor bill that effectively shuts down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB is charged with resolving differences between business and labor.
"I grew up in a union household on the north side of La Crosse, so I take particular exception to efforts to weaken the labor movement and the working families it represents," said Kind. "This is just an ideologically driven strategy that undermines America's economic competitiveness, creates uncertainty in the workplace and destabilizes labor relations."
Both workers and employers rely on the NLRB to enforce American labor laws. This bill would prevent the NLRB from issuing new decisions, enforcing existing decisions, or advancing any rulemaking that prevents unfair labor practices or defends the right of workers to join a union and bargain collectively. These changes would have the ultimate effect of stopping labor law enforcement, halting union elections, and promoting strikes.
"The National Labor Relations Board is widely seen as the last line of defense for workers," Kind concluded. "Congress should be focused on creating jobs right now, not attacking unions and the NLRB."