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American Rights at Work Commends Congressional Hearing on NLRB

Recent Rulings Assaulting Workers’ Rights Deserve Investigation 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2007

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Josh Goldstein
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WASHINGTON, DC—This September, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an unprecedented number of decisions undermining workers’ fundamental rights.  The agency originally devised to protect workers’ rights has become the most anti-worker Labor Board in decades.  Thankfully Congressional action is finally being taken to investigate these inexcusable decisions.
 
American Rights at Work Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell issued the following statement regarding today’s joint Congressional hearing “The National Labor Relations Board: Recent Decisions and Their Impact on Workers’ Rights”:
 
“While the NLRB has steadily lost its course during the Bush administration, the Board’s recent attack on workers’ rights hits an all-time low.  It’s time to hold this agency accountable.  I commend Congress for investigating these deplorable actions and hope today’s hearing marks an essential first step to restoring the NLRB’s role of protecting workers’ rights.

To continue addressing our broken labor law system, our policymakers must turn their attention to adopting the Employee Free Choice Act.  Passage of this legislation will put the teeth back into labor law and reverse much of the damage done by seven years of anti-worker rulings out of the NLRB.”

In response to the NLRB’s onslaught of anti-worker decisions, American Rights at Work this week launched a blog, www.EyeontheNLRB.org, to raise attention to this little-known agency making critical decisions affecting workers’ lives and freedoms.