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Sires Votes to Protect Workers' Rights

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Sires voted against H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. This legislation would make changes to the National Labor Relations Act that would create barriers and increase the waiting time for workers to conduct union elections.

"Despite the title, this legislation will not make the workforce a more fair place, but instead will create more obstacles for workers to decide whether or not they want to be organized," said Congressman Sires. "This legislation is an attack on the rights of the middle class and if signed into law, will deny workers the fundamental right to choose whether or not they want to be represented by a union."

Specifically, H.R. 3094 would delay the union election process by allowing employers to indefinitely delay scheduling an election for workers to choose whether to form a union. Additionally, this legislation incentivizes litigation by mandating full hearings on frivolous claims and extraneous issues. This bill would also give employers a prolonged period of time and the legal opportunity to discourage organizing efforts, while simultaneously denying workers the opportunity to hear from unions.

"Congress should be working on legislation to create jobs, instead of voting on legislation that rolls back workers' rights," said Sires.

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