Today, the House Committee on Education & the Workforce held a hearing on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094), legislation introduced by Chairman John Kline (R-MN) that will prevent the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from carrying out drastic new rules that significantly limit the rights of workers and employers, and place added burdens on American job creators. Experts at today’s hearing underscored the potentially harmful impact the NLRB’s proposed regulations will have on businesses, and urged passage of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act to protect jobs:

  • NLRB Rules Will Leave Job Creators with “Fragmented Workplaces” and “Greatly Reduced Flexibility.” “The NLRB’s recent actions and proposed rulemaking will have them [builders, retailers and manufacturers] dealing with multiple small-group organizing campaigns, litigation, and fragmented workplaces with greatly reduced flexibility.   At a time when President Obama has stated that his administration is ‘reviewing government regulations so that we can fix any rules in place that are an unnecessary burden on businesses,’ the Board is doing the exact opposite.” (Robert Sullivan, representing the Retail Industry Leaders Association, 10/12/11)
  • “The Impact on Business Productivity and Competitiveness Would Be Significant.” “The impact on business productivity and competitiveness would be significant.  Employees also would suffer from reduced job opportunities as promotions and transfers would be hindered by organization-unit barriers.” (Phillip B. Russell, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, 10/12/11)
  • Preventing NLRB Overreach with the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act Will “Bring Back a Climate” Where Businesses “Can Focus on Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs.” “The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act will bring reason back to the representation process, put the NLRB back on the course that the President has laid out, and let employers get back to business.   More importantly, it will remove the most glaring of the Board’s recent decisional and regulatory threats to economic progress, and bring back a climate where business leaders can focus on growing the economy and creating jobs.” (Robert Sullivan, representing the Retail Industry Leaders Association, 10/12/11)
  • The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act Will Avoid Unnecessary Costs & “Protect Jobs.” “[T]he WDFA will also protect jobs because it will avoid the unnecessary costs arising from fragmented workforces.” (Phillip B. Russell, Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, 10/12/11)

In his opening statement today, Chairman Kline highlighted one job creator’s concern about the impact of the NLRB’s excessive new regulations, and emphasized the need to “remove the regulatory hurdles” facing employers – as the new House majority has done with the Plan for America’s Job Creators:  

“The policies advanced by the NLRB are dramatically increasing the pressure and uncertainty facing business owners, making it more difficult to create jobs and plan for the future. One employer in particular has voiced his concerns about the board’s actions and the implications it bears on the economy.

“Michael Whalen is the founder of Heart of America Group, a business that operates hotels and restaurants throughout the Midwest and employs 3,000 workers. In the days following the release of the board’s ambush election proposal, he wrote, ‘The impact of this decision in clear: American businesses will have yet another reason to invest elsewhere rather than in creating new jobs here at home.’

“Rather than doubling-down on the failed policies of the past, we have a responsibility to remove the regulatory hurdles facing employers.”

The House has already passed the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act to prevent the NLRB from dictating where companies can and cannot create jobs in the United States, along with more than a dozen other jobs bills (most of which remained stalled in the Democrat-led Senate without a vote) aimed at stopping excessive regulations that are hampering job creators. Learn more about the GOP’s Plan for America’s Job Creators and track the progress of these bills at: