To: SPEEA Council Members
From: SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee
House Bill H.R. 2587 passed in the house on 09/15/2011. The related bills are: H.RES.372, S.1523. The Bill would curb the labor board’s legal authority by prohibiting it from ordering a company to relocate its workers.
This bill and similar measures
would permit what are presently illegal actions by employers, and would remove
the NLRB’s ability to enforce current labor law. If approved, such measures
would impede the ability of the NLRB to protect
IFPTE, State and
250 law Professors said the following about H.R. 2587 or similar bills effects, “Employers will be able to eliminate jobs or transfer employees or work for no purpose other than to punish employees for exercising their rights and the Board will be powerless to direct the employer to return the work regardless of the circumstances. And these employees will lose their jobs because they tried to exercise their federally protected rights.”
Statement by 250 Law Professors:
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll711.xml See link for
Washington Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert voting “yes,” Kansas Reps. Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder, Mike Pompeo voting “yes”. Oregon Rep.Greg Walden voting “yes”. Utah Reps. Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson(D), and Jason Chaffetz voting “yes”.
Washington Reps. Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith voting “no”. Oregon Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader voting “no”.
NLRB fact sheet:
AFL-CIO Trumka statement:
Dennis Kucinich “Dear Colleague” Letter:
Rep Rick Larsen statement:
Boeing’s Lawyer statements
SPEEA L&PA Committee Recommendation
The SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee recommends passage of this motion.
It is moved that: THE SPEEA COUNCIL opposes any efforts to politicize the NLRB legal process and/or weaken the NLRB, Labor Unions, and their members’ rights, through such bills as H.R. 2587, Senate Bill S 1523 or any other such bills in the future.
NLRB processes are used by unions to protect labor rights; SPEEA IFPTE local 2001 has used the NLRB for our members.