Trumka: Only “Ideologues” Will Oppose NLRB Changes

by | Jun 21, 2011 | Uncategorized

Dick Trumka issued a warning this morning about those who would dare oppose today’s proposed changes to the NLRB election process.  He expects that in the “poisonous political environment there will be a torrent of attacks from politicians and ideologues opposed to any protection of workers’ rights.  Such opposition is pure politics, part of unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights.” According to Trumka the proposed new rules are “good news for employers as well as employees.” (funny he doesn’t mention unions)  He goes on, “(The changes) appear to be a common sense approach to clean up an outdated system and help ensure that working women and men can make their own choice about whether to form a union.  When workers want to vote on a union, they should get a fair chance to vote.  That’s a basic right.  But our current system has become a broken, bureaucratic maze that stalls and stymies workers’ choices.  And that diminishes the voice of working people, creates imbalance in our economy and shrinks the middle class.” It certainly didn’t take long for Trumka to read through the NLRB’s press release this morning, jot down his thoughts, have them legalized and then send them over to the Comm Department to plump the whole thing up into a full page of all the usual AFL-CIO bluster…hmm. “Whether you’re a teacher, firefighter or nurse’s aide – right-wing legislators and their corporate funders have made it clear that their ultimate aim is to take away workers’ rights on the job.  We call on leaders from both sides of the aisle to defend the independence of the NLRB. Political interference with any independent agency sets a dangerous precedent that should not be tolerated.”

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