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Manufacturers Call for House to Halt Ambush Elections and Micro-Unions that Hurt Employers and Emplo

Date: November 29 2011

Washington, D.C., November 29, 2011 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement regarding H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, aimed at preventing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from manipulating well-established labor policy related to union elections and “micro–unions”:

“The NLRB’s efforts to overhaul long-agreed upon labor policy threaten to place an even greater burden on job creators. Manufacturers strongly oppose the implementation of this flawed rule because it will cause significant damage to the American workplace. If the NLRB goes forward with its desire for ambush elections and micro-unions, it will result in a lose-lose situation for employees and employers.

This legislation, sponsored by House Education and Workforce Committee Chair John Kline, offers needed protections that will allow employers proper time to prepare for an upcoming union election and will guarantee that workers have time and access to all the facts they need to make a fully informed and private decision that impacts their job and family. 

The NLRB’s aggressive agenda will block manufacturers from communicating with their employees and will allow potential micro-unions to pit workers against one another. We need to re-establish common sense in labor practices, and H.R. 3094 is a good step in that direction. A recent NAM survey shows that nearly 70 percent of manufacturers say that the NLRB’s actions would make it harder for them to create jobs. The NAM calls for swift congressional passage so manufacturers can focus on economic growth and job creation – not unnecessary and burdensome regulation.”
Click here to read the NAM’s Key Vote letter on H.R. 3094

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.  For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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