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Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act

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Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor Management Relations Act. The 112th Congress was laden with baseless attacks against labor unions and middle class workers. Sadly, it appears that my Republican colleagues in Congress are working once again to make the 113th Congress just as partisan and divisive as the last.

H.R. 1120 is simply another attack on the rights of workers and their ability to form unions and bargain collectively. H.R. 1120 seeks to prevent the NLRB from carrying out its core responsibilities and will undermine the critical ability to protect Americans from abuse and exploitation by employers.

If enacted, H.R. 1120 would have devastating consequences for the millions of workers belonging to unions. The NLRB issues legally-binding decisions that protect workers who have been illegally fired, denied the right to collectively bargain with their employer, or have experienced any other violation of their legal rights. With the NLRB effectively disarmed, these workers will have no recourse if any labor law violations are committed against them.

Mr. Speaker, Republicans in Congress have repeatedly resorted to deceitful tactics to carry out their agenda. H.R. 1120 is no different, and is just one small part of a larger effort to dismantle the NLRB and weaken protections for workers to the benefit of businesses. I strongly urge my colleagues to oppose H.R. 1120, and any other partisan pieces of legislation that also seek to undermine the rights of workers all across America.

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