Sending Office: Honorable Jared Polis
Sent By:
Bo.Morris@mail.house.gov

PROTECT & INVEST IN AMERICA’S WORKERS

Fund the National Labor Relations Board

 

Dear Colleague:

We would like to invite you to sign the attached letter urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education to include, at a minimum, $275 million for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and include a rider
preventing the NLRB from spending funds on any plan to restructure the agency, absent express Congressional authorization.

In recent years, the NLRB has been taking important strides in creating a fair working environment for all employees. An effective NLRB is important for the ability of American workers to achieve a living wage, to have freedom of speech and to be free of
coercion, threats and firings. I know it is an important goal for all of us to close the wage gap and create good paying jobs for all. The NLRB has been working on a variety of important efforts to give our constituents a fair shot. Funds for the NLRB are
required to effectively adjudicate and protect workers in increasingly complex situations, which include: 

  • Nationwide efforts to improve the wages and working conditions of workers in various industries, including retail and fast food;
  • Issues concerning single, joint, and successor employer relationships;
  • Investigation of the tens of thousands of unfair labor practice charges filed annually, and prompt adjudication of the meritorious cases.

Please join us in supporting $275 million in funding for the NLRB in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Humans Services, and Education Appropriations bill. To sign on, please fill
out this form
 by COB March 15.

Sincerely,      

 

Jared Polis                                                               Donald Norcross

Member of Congress                                                Member of Congress

 

 

March 19, 2018

 

The Honorable Tom Cole                                The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                       Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and                 Subcommittee on Labor, Health and

Human Services, and Education                       Human Services, and Education

U.S. House of Representatives                         U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515                                   Washington, DC 20515

 

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you consider the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, we write to request that the bill include, at a minimum, $275 million in funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). We also request that
the bill include a rider preventing the NLRB from spending funds on any plan to restructure the agency, absent express Congressional authorization.

Each year, thousands of individuals, employers and unions are negatively impacted by unfair labor practices to the detriment of wages, the economy, small businesses, and the community. Our primary goal must be to promote good jobs for the middle-class, and
the NLRB plays an important role leveling the playing field for workers and employers by safeguarding employees’ right to free association and collective bargaining. This is done by:

  1. Investigating, prosecuting, and deciding unfair labor practices as defined in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA);
  2. Providing the legal framework for employees to organize in their workplaces, including holding representation elections, in order to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

Under the NLRA the NLRB is tasked with protecting the rights of private-sector workers to act collectively without fear of coercion, threats, or firing. It is necessary to fully fund the NLRB in order to fully accomplish this task and enforce the NLRA as
required by Congress. As our economy and technology continues to evolve and workers exercise their voice in the workplace, often using new technological methods and while working for multiple employers, the Board is confronted with new challenges in its commitment
to protecting workers’ rights.  The NLRB requires the resources to effectively adjudicate and protect workers in these increasingly complex situations, which include:

  • Nationwide efforts to improve the wages and working conditions of workers in various industries, including retail and fast food;
  • Issues concerning single, joint, and successor employer relationships;
  • Investigation of the tens of thousands of unfair labor practice charges filed annually, and prompt adjudication of the meritorious cases.

The NLRB’s General Counsel has raised the specter of budget cuts as justification for restructuring the regional offices. Doing so could risk undermining the effectiveness of the NLRB’s Regional Directors, who are responsible for resolving over 90 percent
of all unfair labor practices. A limitation should be imposed that prohibits funds from being spent on restructuring this agency, absent Congressional authorization.

An effective NLRB is important for American workers to exercise their right of free association.  By banding together and bargaining collectively, workers receive better wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. Any funding level below $275 million would
have a negative impact on individuals and families across the country in every single Congressional District. We urge you to provide no less than $275 million in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, and to prohibit the NLRB from
spending funds restructuring the agency absent express Congressional authorization.

Sincerely,

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