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George Miller Pro-NLRB Letter

George Miller Pro-NLRB Letter

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MMITTEEONEDUCATIONANDTHEWORKFORCE
u.s,
HOUSEOFREPRESENTATIVES
March17,2011TheHonorableHaroldRogers,ChairmanTheHonorableNormanDicks,RankingMemberCommitteeonAppropriationsU.S.HouseofRepresentativesH-307,U.S.CapitolWashington,D.C.20515TheHonorableDanielInouye,ChairmanTheHonorableThadCochran,RankingMemberCommitteeonAppropriationsU.S.SenateS-128,U.S.CapitolWashington,D.C.20515DearChairmenandRankingMembers:AswecontinuetodebatefundingfortherestofFiscalYear2011,IwouldliketobringtoyourattentionanindependentanalysisontheimpactofcutscontainedinH.R.1totheNationalLaborRelationsBoard(NLRB).Thenon-partisanCongressionalResearchServiceexplainsthat,ifthe$50millionincutsapprovedbytheHouseofRepresentativesbecamelaw,thestaffoftheNLRBwouldlikelybefurloughedanywherebetween58to64days.Asyouknow,theNLRB'smissionisvitaltoenforceprotectionsforAmericanworkersandprivatebusinessesundertheNationalLaborRelationsAct.AccordingtotheCRS,"[r'[educedNLRBstaffingcouldaffectemployers,employees,andunions."AstheCRSanalysisstates,theexpectedfurloughsresultingfromthedramaticcutscontainedinH.R.1wouldhaveasignificantimpact:
 
TheHonorableHaroldRodgers
&
TheHonorableDanielInouyePage2"...asubstantialreductioninworkdayswouldbedramatic.OtherNLRBactivitiesthatcouldbeaffectedincludeBoarddecisions,remediestoULPs[unfairlaborpractices],collectionofbackpay,requestsforcourtinjunctionstostopULPs,responsestopublicinquires,outreach,completionoffinancialandotherreports,andotheractivities."WhileCongressshouldidentifyandcutanywastefulorinefficientspending,thesecutstotheNLRBaremisplacedandareinherentlydestructivetolabor-managementrelations.Theyhavenoplaceinfinallegislation.IurgeyoutoconsidertheattachedanalysisintheongoingdeliberationsovercontinuingappropriationsforFY11.
GEORGEiLL~~~
SeniorDemocraticMembercc:TheHonorableJohnKline,ChairmanHouseCommitteeonEducationandtheWorkforceTheHonorableDennisRehberg,ChairmanTheHonorableRosaDeLauro,RankingMemberHouseSubcommitteeonLabor-HHSAppropriationsTheHonorableTomHarkin,ChairmanTheHonorableRichardShelby,RankingMemberSenateSubcommitteeonLabor-HHSAppropriationsEnclosure:PotentialImpactofH.R.1ontheNationalLaborRelationsBoard,CongressionalResearchServiceMemorandum,March15,2011
 
MEMORANDUM
March15,2011
To:
HouseCommitteeonEducationandtheWorkforceAttention:RichardMiller
From:
GeraldMayer(gmayer@crs.loc.gov,7-7815)PotentialImpact
ofH.R.1ontheNationalLaborRelationsBoard(NLRB)
Subject:
ThismemorandumrespondstoyourrequestforananalysisofthepotentialimpactontheNationalLaborRelationsBoard(NLRB)ifCongressreducesfundingfortheagencyby$50millionforFY2011.Thememorandumfirstdiscussesthepossibleeffectofa$50millionreductioninfundingonNLRBstaffing.Second,thememorandumreviewsthedutiesandactivitiesoftheNLRBanddiscussesthepossibleeffectsofareductioninfundingfortheagency.
It
shouldbestressedthattheanalysisinthismemorandumofthepotentialeffectofH.R.1ontheNLRBisdependentonmanyassumptionsandmaybeimprecise.CongressmayormaynotreducefundingfortheNLRBby$50millionforFY2011.IfCongressdoesreducefundingby$50million,theagencymayconsiderwaystoaccommodatea$50millionreductioninfundingthatarenotconsideredinthismemorandum.Ingeneral,thismemorandumassumesthattheNLRBwouldabsorbalargereductioninfundinginFY2011principallythroughfurloughs.
I
NLRBFunding
ForFY2010,Congressappropriated$283.4millionfortheNLRB.TheAdministrationrequested$287.1millionforFY2011and$287.7millionforFY2012?H.R.1,whichpassedtheHouseonFebruary19,2011,wouldprovidetheNLRBwith$233.4millionforFY2011,areductionof$50million(or17.6%)forFY2011.UndertheSenateamendmenttoH.R.1(SA149),NLRBfundingforFY2011wouldcontinueattheFY2010level.
I
TheNLRBbudgetdirectorindicatedinaconversationwithCRSthat,intheeventofa$50millionreductioninfundingforFY2011,theagencywouldlikelyrelyheavilyonfurloughs.
2
ThefundingamountfortheNLRBforFY2010isfromaFebruary19,2010tablefromtheHouseCommitteeonAppropriations.Fiscalyear2011and2012budgetrequestsarefromtheNationalLaborRelationsBoard,
JustificationofPerformanceBudgetforCommitteeonAppropriations,FiscalYear2012,
availableathttp://www.nlrb.gov/sites/defaultlfiles/documentsI188/just2012full.pdf,p.43.(HereaftercitedasNLRB,
JustificationofPerformanceBudgetforCommitteeonAppropriations,FiscalYear2012.)ResearchService7-5700

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