Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Support Union Membership and Organizing

Mar 20, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today voted against S.J. Res. 8, a resolution that makes it tougher for American workers to join unions and participate in union elections.

“I am deeply disappointed that Congressional Republicans voted today to strip the rights of working Americans,” said Congressman Ryan. “The continued erosion of union rights in this country is weakening working conditions, middle class wages and the American economy. If workers ask for an election, they should not have to face delay, interference or retaliation – And I will stand with my union brothers and sisters to defend their right to organize. Their voices must be heard.”

This resolution overturns a rule adopted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in December regarding “representation case procedures,” which attempts to modernize the Board's election procedures and reduce unnecessary litigation and delay in the election process. The rule allows for electronic filing and transmission of documents, reduces delays caused by frivolous litigation, unifies procedures across the country, requires additional contact information be included in voter lists, and consolidates appeals to the Board into a single process. The rule is aimed at making the election process run more smoothly and predictably, to the benefit of employers, workers and unions.

The rule responds to concerns that current procedures are so inefficient that they deny workers a meaningful opportunity to organize.  In particular, employers can use a number of tactics such as filing multiple appeals to delay votes and as a result, the average time before workers can vote has now stretched to over 6 months. This resolution would prevent the NLRB from acting as a fully functioning board and continue denying workers a vote for representation. Wronged workers would have nowhere to turn for the enforcement of their rights under the law – and that is exactly its intent.