'Election Prevention Act,' a 'labor law for the 1%,' comes before the House Rules Committee: News of the Day

Nov 17, 2011 Issues: Labor, Jobs and Job Training, Worker Rights


The GOP's“Election Prevention Act” (H.R. 3094), a bill that would severely undermine working Americans' rights, is expected to go to the House Rules Committee today on its way for possible consideration on before the full House.

John Logan, Professor and Director of  Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University wrote a piece in The Hill Wednesday decrying what he calls a "labor law for the 1%," and, more broadly, Congressional Republicans' all-out attack on the National Labor Relations Board:

...The bill is neither democratic nor fair but tells us much about the extreme policies of Congressional Republicans on labor rights

The [bill] is the culmination of several months of sustained GOP attacks on the NLRB. Since June, Republican proposals have included the following: slashing the agency’s funding, preventing new appointments when it is reduced to two members (out of five) at the end of the year, subpoenaing all documents related to the controversial Boeing complaint and interviewing career NLRB employees about the case, undoing a NLRB decision allowing “micro bargaining units” and another on voluntary recognition agreements between employers and unions, diminishing its already weak remedial powers to combat illegal relocations and outsourcing, reversing a new rule on notice posting to inform employees of their workplace rights, blocking a proposed new rule to streamline the current antiquated union certification process — Republicans believe in streamlining the voting period for presidential elections but not for union elections -— and, most boldly, abolishing the agency and dividing its powers between the Labor and Justice Departments...

...In the arena of labor relations, as in economic relations more generally, the GOP represents the interests of the 1% — the Chamber of Commerce, powerful corporations that violate the law, and extreme groups that support eliminating collective bargaining rights. The [bill] simply provides one more illustration of this.

Even after a stunning rebuke in Ohio where voters turned back Republican efforts to eliminate collective bargaining rights for workers, Beltway Republicans still aren’t getting it. Voters’ message has been perfectly clear: Congress should be doing everything it can to fix the economy, not continue the majority’s single-minded obsession in busting workers’ unions.