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Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LYNCH. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I come before you as an ironworker for 18 years before coming to Congress. I actually practiced before the National Labor Relations Board, and I've actually represented a number of unions in election proceedings, and I wish I could point out every inaccuracy offered by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, but I only have 1 minute.

Let me start off by saying that I've heard time and time again by my colleagues that the NLRB is an advocate for unionism; it's an advocate for Big Labor; it's nothing more than overreaching and trying to create unions. For those who believe that, I ask you to look at the American workforce. What percentage, since the NLRB is creating all of these unions and is overreaching, what percentage of the American workforce is working under a union agreement right now? The answer is 11 percent.

So if those guys are in the tank, the NLRB is in the tank for creating unions, they're batting about 110. They're doing a lousy job. I've heard a lot about 31 days for an average election. That's where the union and the employer agree; it's 31 days. If the union and the company don't agree, it's over 100 days.

I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill. This is an attack on the middle class in America. We need to put people to work instead.


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