The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is advancing a radical proposal that would jeopardize employee privacy by forcing employers to give union organizers a list of an employee's names, home addresses, emails, work shifts, and other personal information.
Minnesota Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, helped advance legislation that empowers workers -- not union bosses -- to control of their personal information.
"This ambush election scheme will make it virtually impossible for workers to make an informed decision in union elections," said Kline. "Just as troubling, the rule is a direct threat to the privacy of workers and their families. Joining a union is an important decision; every employee deserves a reasonable amount of time to consider all the facts before casting his or her vote. Current policies provide workers such an opportunity, and they shouldn't be discarded in a blatant ploy to benefit union bosses. The committee will continue to conduct aggressive oversight of this deeply misguided rule."
Kline's legislation to roll back an attempt by the NLRB to weaken workforce democracy and employee privacy was approved by the House Education and the Workforce Committee on April 9. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 4320) and the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 4321) would ensure access to a fair union election process and empower workers to safeguard their personal privacy.
John Kline is the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.