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Johanns Co-sponsors Bill to Protect States' Right-to-Work Laws

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today co-sponsored a bill to preserve current protections of state right-to-work laws in the National Labor Relations Act. The bill clarifies that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cannot order an employer to relocate jobs and guarantees an employer's right to decide where to do business within the United States.

The bill comes on the heels of stunning actions taken by the NLRB. In a major departure from long-established law, the NLRB in April filed a complaint against Boeing, claiming Boeing violated federal law simply by building a second production line in South Carolina, a right-to-work state.

" NLRB's actions threaten businesses and workers in right-to-work states like Nebraska," Johanns said. "Having a federal agency dictate such business decisions to individual companies would be an unprecedented and unacceptable overreach of authority. The Jobs Protection Act preserves critical independence for employers in right-to-work states like Nebraska and the incentive for businesses to keep jobs in America rather than shipping them overseas."

Background:

* NLRB claimed the Boeing decision was an act of retaliation against union workers at the first production line, in Washington state.

* NLRB's complaint included a request for a judge to halt Boeing's South Carolina production and move it to Washington state.

* Zero workers in Boeing's Washington state production unit lost their jobs because of this move.

o In fact, two-thousand more workers have since been hired at the Washington state location.


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