Mar 19, 2015

Ambush Elections Don’t Help Workers

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule allowing anti-worker ambush elections for unionization:

Excerpts of McCarthy’s remarks are below, or watch the full speech online here.

“The root of representation is to work for the interests of those you represent.  Everyone in the House knows that. And unions, as representative bodies, should exist for the benefit of workers. But I don’t think anyone disagrees that it’s workers, not unions, who know what’s best for themselves.

“Joining a union is a big choice. But to make an informed decision, workers need time to decide what’s best for them and their family, and they shouldn’t be pressured or rushed. So if unions really care about workers, and if they are confident that their benefits of the union outweigh the costs, they’ll give workers as much time as they need.

“That’s the irony of a recent decision by the National Labor Relation Board to allow unions to call rush elections. To ambush employees and employers. Ambush elections don’t help workers. Instead, they bully workers to accepting unionization as fast as possible. That’s not pro-worker. That’s pro-union, and there’s a big difference.

“And what makes this situation worse is that ambush elections will soon be forced on workers not by an act of Congress but unelected bureaucrats at the NLRB. That’s an affront to the separation of powers that this country was based upon.

“No public official—not any member of this House and especially not the President—should ever support rules that allow special interests to strong-arm the hardworking American people.

“Mr. Speaker, nobody in this House should support a rule about an election they wouldn’t put upon themselves. And I don’t know one member of this House that would sit back and say, somebody can call an election and you only have eleven days to campaign. I’d like to hear somebody vote for that on this floor and ask to be held to the same standards they’re trying to hold every other worker [to] in this nation.”