2Center for American Progress Action Fund | House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All Workers
Te idea ha workers’ righs are causing our economic problems is absurd. Unions are ashrinking acor in he economy, and when hey were a heir sronges, he U.S. economy was a is sronges. Moreover, he NLB has been around or more han 75 years, during which he Unied Saes experienced remendous invesmen and job growh. Finally,oher counries ha have much sronger laws proecing worker righs and are much moreheavily unionized—among hem Ausralia, Canada, Germany, and he Neherlands—aredoing beter or a leas as well as he Unied Saes in his economic downurn. Ye House epublicans need a scapegoa—and see an opporuniy o hobble a weak-ened opponen—so hey have ramped up heir atacks o exreme levels. Over he pas year, epublicans in Congress voed o slash unding or he NLB, atemped o block enorcemen o exising worker-proecion laws, and even hreaened o shu down parso he ederal governmen in order o advance heir goals. All workers—no jus he unionized—should care abou hese atacks. So le’s deailhe House epublican assauls on he Naional Labor elaions Board and wha heseatacks would cause i successul.
The National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of nonunion workers
Te Naional Labor elaions Ac, which is enorced by he NLB, provides he righor privae-secor workers o come ogeher o discuss wages and work condiions andpush heir employer or improvemens. Everyhing rom ormal meeings ha work-ers migh se up o discuss a problem, such as workplace healh and saey, as well asaciviies we all ake or graned, such as alking abou a new company policy aroundhe waer cooler or complaining wih our coworkers abou wages over Facebook, areproeced by he Naional Labor elaions Ac.I an employer realiaes agains workers and res or oherwise disciplines hem orexercising hese righs, he NLB can require i o reverse he penaly, reinsae hese workers, and pay hem or los wages.epublicans never menion his role o he NLB in heir atacks bu proecing herighs o nonunion workers is a cenral uncion o he agency. Indeed, ew oher agen-cies boas such a broad mandae o proec workers’ righs—union and nonunion alike.Mos privae-secor workers are covered by he NLR—wih some excepions includ-ing independen conracors, managers, and rail and air indusry workers. As a resul, heNLR provides proecions o77 perceno all privae-secor workers in he Unied Saes.