Republicans Introduce Bill Designed to Paralyze NLRB

NLRB logoThe National Labor Relations Board is a federal agency that has the exclusive power to enforce much of America’s labor law. If an employer tries to unlawfully intimidate workers against joining a union, or if it retaliates against pro-union workers, or if it refuses to bargain with its workers’ union, the NLRB is responsible for enforcing the law against that employer. Yet, if a bill introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) — the top Republican on the Senate committee responsible for labor issues — were to become law, then the NLRB would likely become a stagnant, often frozen institution that could be unable to act in the face of flagrant violations of the law.

[...] “This is the destruction of the NLRB, and they know it,” said Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, which represents 700,000 workers. “It is a disgrace. Lamar Alexander is a disgrace.”

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