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Statement on NLRB Advisory on Secret Ballot Amendments

January 14, 2011

Zoe Bridges-Curry
(202) 822-2127 x122
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Labor Relations Board did right by working families in Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah. The Board has advised the Attorneys General in all four states that so-called secret ballot amendments are preempted by the National Labor Relations Act, which offers workers two paths to choosing a union.

The Board’s official advisory is confirmation that these initiatives were intended to restrict workers’ rights to determine how they choose a union, disingenuously cloaked in the language of worker protection. They’re also a telling indication of just how far corporate interests will go to maintain a status quo that protects exploitative employers, no matter the cost to ordinary Americans.

Hopefully, the Board’s action today will discourage future attempts to limit workers’ rights to form a union and bargain collectively—regardless of which state those workers call home.

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Resources: http://www.nlrb.gov/shared_files/Press%20Releases/2011/R-2812.pdf

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