Rep. Scott: NLRB has ‘lost its marbles’

The bill up for debate Friday, H.R. 3094, would block rules the NLRB proposed over the summer that would allow for union elections to take place as quickly as 10 days after a petition is filed. Under the bill, employers would have 14 days to find legal representation, and union elections could take place no earlier than 35 days after a petition is filed.

Currently, the average time is 35 to 40 days, a reasonable amount of time, Scott said about the timing of union elections. This is a significant difference. Going down from 35 to 40 days down to seven to 10 days is ridiculous.

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The legislation also seeks to more narrowly define work units that can collectively bargain with employers, by requiring the NLRB to ensure that these units share a sufficient community of interest. For example, it would require work units to have similar wages, benefits and skills, as well as sufficient contact with one another and an integration of the work flow and inter-relationship of the production process.

The House finished debate on the rule for H.R. 3094 Friday morning, and was expected to vote on the rule early Friday afternoon. More work on the bill is expected after the Thanksgiving break.

The NLRB has been a recent target of House Republicans, in particular because of the its decision to sue Boeing for trying to open a new factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. The NLRB argued that the companys move is an attempt to punish striking union workers in Washington state.

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