Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power

Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power
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Republican Senator Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (Utah) wants to strip the nation’s labor board of its authority to hear labor disputes and issue rules. 

Lee introduced the Protecting American Jobs Act on Thursday to transfer the power of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hear labor disputes to federal courts.

“For far too long the NLRB has acted as judge, jury, and executioner, for labor disputes in this country,” Lee said in a statement.

“The havoc they have wrought by upsetting decades of established labor law has cost countless jobs. This common-sense legislation would finally restore fairness and accountability to our nation’s labor laws."

The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (R-Ark.), Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.), also strips the board of its rulemaking power.

“Such rulemaking authority shall be limited to rules concerning the internal function of the board,” the bill says.

“The board shall not promulgate rules or regulations that affect the substantive or procedural rights of any person, employer, employee, or labor organization, including rules and regulations concerning unfair labor practice and representation elections.”

NLRB — responsible for enforcing workers’ collective bargaining rights and fair labor practices — issued a controversial rule and several contentious rulings during the Obama administration.

In 2014, it issued a rule to speed up union elections and a year later issued a ruling in a labor dispute that changed the definition of a joint-employer. Business groups have fought the change ever since, claiming it unfairly makes business owners jointly liable for labor law violations committed by their subcontractors and franchisors responsible for their franchisees.