Center for American Progress Action

STATEMENT: CAP Action’s David Madland Urges the Senate to Protect Union Election Rights
Press Statement

STATEMENT: CAP Action’s David Madland Urges the Senate to Protect Union Election Rights

Washington, D.C. — Today the Senate will vote on Senate Joint Resolution 36, a proposal to block the enforcement of a new National Labor Relations Board rule that creates a standard process for union elections and gives workers a fairer way to choose whether to form a union. The NLRB crafted this rule to affect only a small number of cases and proposed it after a careful review of more than 65,000 comments. David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, released the following statement:

This resolution is an attack not just on workers who would like to join a union, but on the entire middle class. Unions boost incomes for all middle-class households—union and nonunion alike—but this resolution would prevent workers from being able to fairly vote to join a union.

The National Labor Relations Board union elections rule was an important victory for workers across the nation seeking to collectively bargain. The new process will help employees who have petitioned for an election gain the right to a vote without costly delays, intimidation, or unnecessary litigation. By providing a timely vote for establishing a union, workers and employers can focus on negotiating a fair collective bargaining agreement that increases workers’ wages and benefits and gives them a stronger voice on the job.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund urges the Senate to uphold the NLRB’s power to protect workers and enable unions to help rebuild the middle class by voting against Senate Joint Resolution 36.

To speak with a CAP Action expert on this topic, please contact Katie Peters at kpeters@americanprogress.org or 202.741.6285.

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