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Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this attempt to strip worker protections in this country by shutting down the National Labor Relations Board.

The Majority argues that this bill somehow removes ``uncertainty'' in the economy. In reality, it does exactly the opposite. By removing all authority from the Board that enforces labor law, it creates unworkable deadlock. The NLRB orders union elections, certifies and decertifies unions after elections, and makes decisions on unfair labor practices when they are filed by employers or employees. Without a functional NLRB, there is no enforcement of workers' rights. And with no alternative means of resolving disputes, workers may resort to strikes.

The President has nominated two Republicans to fill the vacant seats on the NLRB and has renominated the Board members in dispute in the DC Circuit case. If the Majority is really interested in a functional Board, they should urge their colleagues in the Senate to vote on those nominations without delay. Today's bill will destabilize labor relations and I urge a ``no'' vote.


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