Republicans in Congress are attempting to block officials from enforcing Obama administration labor regulations by defunding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), according to reports.
Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and other Congressional Republicans have spoken out against the NLRB, with Cole saying that a forthcoming funding bill for the board — which would cut its funding by 10 percent and block the enforcing of regulations that include holding companies responsible for labor violations of their business partners — is an attempt to “rein in the excessive overreach” of the board.
The regulations also include a policy that allows “multiple labor unions to organize in a single workplace,” according to The Hill.
“This has been the most activist NLRB in history,” Republican Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee said. “The NLRB has grossly overstepped and changed decades of established labor law.”
The other controversial policy that the GOP hopes to block is the "ambush election" rule, which would speed up a labor union's process of organizing in the workplace, The Hill reports.
This week, the House Appropriations Committee advanced a $153 billion funding bill that targeted the NLRB regulations. The Senate Appropriations Committee also moved a similar bill forward. Both bills would prevent the NLRB from implementing the policies.
The Retail Industry leaders Association (RILA) supported Republican efforts to rein in the NLRB.
“I write to urge you to support an amendment expected to be offered that will stop efforts by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to fragment workplaces through micro unions,” Kelly Kolb, the RILA vice president for government affairs, wrote in a letter to Congress.
Democrats spoke out against the funding bill, with Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California warning that it would “weaken and really undermine our workforce.”
“It continues the majority’s assault on the American worker by stopping the National Labor Relations Board from enforcing its own rules facilitating union elections,” Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut added.
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