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Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on yet another attack on workers' protections.

The National Labor Relations Board has provided stability between workers and employers for decades. And yes, it has helped ensure that workers have a voice. Yet, in just the past two years, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have tried numerous times to paralyze the operations of the board. Each time, they came up with a new angle. I appreciate their creativity. But the goal is the same: to put labor rights out of reach. This time, the majority has tried to say their bill will promote ``certainty''. But without a functioning Board, none of the labor rights in the landmark Wagner Act can be enforced. So it seems the only ``certainty'' we're providing is that there will be even more economic turmoil than we already have.

Whether its women's rights or workers' rights, bill after bill advanced by the majority is aimed at taking our country backwards. I know that not all my friends on the other side of the aisle agree with this bill. I appreciate that. It is unfortunate that some of my colleagues are seeking a return to the past, before we had protections for workers. But I hope that most will focus on the present, and get on with building a better workforce and a brighter future.

So I again urge my colleagues to stand with millions of middle-class American workers and vote ``no'' on this bill.


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