Foundation staff attorney explains how rule changes undermine workers’ rights
Washington, DC (March 5, 2014) – This morning, National Right to Work Foundation staff attorney William Messenger testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the dangers of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed election rules.
The committee, which is chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), held a hearing entitled “Culture of Union Favoritism: The Return of the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule” on a series of election rule changes proposed by the NLRB that leave employees uninformed about potential downsides to unionization.
Messenger, a veteran Foundation staff attorney who has argued before the Supreme Court, contends that dramatically shortening the period before unionization elections will hurt workers’ ability to cast an informed vote.
“The short time frame under the proposed rules will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for individual employees opposed to unionization to organize against a union’s well-funded and professionally orchestrated campaign to win the monopoly bargaining privilege,” wrote Messenger in testimony submitted to the Committee prior to the hearing.
“The NLRB continues to try to rig the game in favor of aggressive union organizers,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. “The National Right to Work Foundation, which represents thousands of employees nationwide, opposes these rule changes because they would prevent workers from making an informed decision about unionization.”