Miller Statement on National Labor Relations Board Federal Court Rulings

Mar 2, 2012 Issues: Labor, Worker Rights


WASHINGTON – Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement today after a federal judge rejected corporate interests’ suit over President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. In another ruling, the judge ruled that the NLRB has the power to require employers to post rights of workers under the National Labor Relations Act.

“Today’s ruling clearly upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s rulemaking authority to implement federal labor law. The NLRB’s notice posting rule ensures that workers’ rights are not kept a secret.

“Let’s remember that all this heated rhetoric from special interests against the NLRB is all over a poster. Instead of addressing the nation’s most pressing issues, Washington Republicans have engaged in a year-long assault on workers’ rights, even attacking efforts like this to simply inform workers of what those rights are. Instead of embarking on another year’s worth of attacks, I urge Republicans to work with Democrats to rebuild the middle class and reignite the American Dream.”

House Republicans have spent the last year on a mission to roll back workers rights. They pushed through special-interest legislation recently designed to dramatically weaken workers’ right to a free and fair union representation election. Republicans have tried to defund the agency, passed legislation to take away any effective remedies the NLRB can use to enforce laws protecting workers from retaliation, and interfered with ongoing enforcement actions. Only the NLRB can enforce workers’ and employers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act.