H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

by News on November 29, 2011

in featured, Federal Legislation, Pro Worker Legislation

Education & the Workforce Committee

On October 5, 2011, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which will protect employer’s free speech and worker’s free choice. The House Education and the Workforce Committee approved this legislation on October 26.


On June 22, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections. While it may sound modest, the proposed rule represents a dramatic shift in union election procedures that have stood for decades. The NLRB’s proposal will, among other things:

  • Provide employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their entire case to be presented at pre-election hearing convened by an NLRB election officer;
  • Give workers as little as 10 days to consider all the consequences of joining a union before they have to vote in the election
  • Severely limit an employer’s ability to raise additional issues or concerns throughout the pre-election hearing process; and
  • Require that employers provide to the union even more intrusive information about their employees, including home or cell phone numbers, personal email addresses, and work schedules.

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Steven December 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The NLRB’s proposal is a pre-emptive move to curb the anti-union movement in this country. HR 3094 is the Republican’s counter move to this decision. This resolutions, as well as the other forms of legislation proposed by the House aim only to further chip away at workers rights. It is very disingenuous for House Republicans to claim that they are protecting workers rights when they are actually doing the opposite. While Unions are not perfect they have proven over time to work in favor of the average worker contrary to the popular rhetoric of todays mouthpiece for Big Business like Rep. John Kline.


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