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Statement by Kimberly Freeman Brown on Proposed NLRB Rule

June 21, 2011

Zoe Bridges-Curry
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Washington, D.C. – Today, American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown released the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed rule on union elections.

Said Freeman Brown:

“The proposed rule issued by the NLRB ensures workers’ right to vote—a value all Americans hold dear. Giving workers a fair chance to vote will help level the playing field in America’s workplaces, a commonsense way to ensure that all workers have access to good, family-supporting jobs.

"Under the current, outdated election system, working men and women often experience bureaucratic delays of months or even years, while some never get to vote at all. By cutting back on unnecessary delays and expensive litigation, the rule removes unfair obstacles to workers making their own choice about whether to form a union, and reduces costs for employers and taxpayers alike.

“Like the recent attacks on workers’ rights in states across the country, any opposition to this practical rule is based on politics—not economics. But now is not the time for politics. Millions of workers are still unemployed and even more are struggling just to make ends meet. As the gap between everyday Americans and corporate CEOs continues to widen, the proposed rule is a modest but welcome step toward restoring balance to our economy and rebuilding the middle class.”

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