Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a confirmation hearing on five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board an independent government agency responsible for enforcing labor law and identifying and resolving unfair labor practices. If the Senate fails to confirm the nominations by August, then the board will be prohibited from functioning because it will not have enough members to reach the required quorum. Karla Walter, Associate Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, released the following statement:
The Senate must act swiftly to confirm this bipartisan slate of nominees to the National Labor Relations Board in order to protect the basic rights and well-being of all American workers. The National Labor Relations Board plays a vital role in protecting workers’ rights to join together in unions and collectively bargain, and helps nonunion workers by protecting their right to speak up about workplace problems without fear of employer retribution. It is critical that the Senate moves forward with these nominations so that this essential government agency can continue its important work to uphold the rights of American workers.
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