Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Supports Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

December 1, 2011
Press Release

“Congress has the responsibility to ensure the NLRB’s labor interests are not undermining an employer’s efforts to create jobs and grow their businesses,” – Rep. Roby.

U.S. Representative Martha Roby voted in favor of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, H.R. 3094, to rein in the job-killing activism of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As an original co-sponsor of this bill, Roby supported the legislation in an effort to restore key labor protections for both workers and employers. Recently debating the legislation on the House floor, Roby joined House Republican colleagues in support of H.R. 3094 to empower small business owners and protect workers’ rights. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act favorably passed the House 235 to 188.

“Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 3094, The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, a bill I proudly sponsor.

“As a Representative from Alabama—a Right-To-Work State—the continued activist agenda of the National Labor Relations Board is alarming.

“Its proposed rules to alter longstanding federal labor practices and policies are a clear example that the White House and the NLRB are committed to a culture of union favoritism.

“The NLRB’s proposals undermine the rights of employers and employees by empowering unions to manipulate the workforce for their own gain.

“The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act is one of many bills put forward by my Republican colleagues that will prevent the NLRB from imposing sweeping changes to our Nation’s workplaces.

“Additionally, and most importantly, this bill restores key labor protections that both workers and employers have enjoyed for decades. I want to say that again, this bill restores key labor protections that both workers and employers have already enjoyed for decades.

“Congress has the responsibility to ensure that  the NLRB’s labor interests are not undermining an employer’s efforts to create jobs and grow their businesses.

“At a time when approximately 14 million Americans are unemployed and searching for work - not to mention the millions that have given up - Congress must implement policies that encourage new jobs - not hinder them.

“This legislation will rein in the activist NLRB and reaffirm protections workers and job-creators have received for decades.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker and I yield back the balance of my time.”

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