Wilson to Introduce NLRB Reform Act
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) held press conferences today in West Columbia and North Augusta to announce the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Reform Act.
This critical legislation will rectify the bias in the NLRB by adding a sixth member—establishing equal representation for each political party. It will benefit employers and employees and will provide greater stability in the workforce by reining in the activist general counsel and enforcing timely decision-making.
“For too long, the partisan nature of the National Labor Relations Board has caused instability in how the NLRB will interpret labor policy rules, harming employees and destroying jobs.
“Businesses, employees, and American families need stability and to be treated fairly in the workplace. Unfortunately, the President’s ‘Big Labor Bully’ has constantly abused its authority by overregulating and restricting right-to-work states,” Wilson said.
“South Carolina has seen first-hand the harmful effects of an activist NLRB after they attempted to stall Boeing’s expansion in our state, threatening thousands of jobs at the site and for subcontractors in the Second Congressional District—something that would not have been possible under an impartial NLRB.
“A non-partisan board would restore fairness and protect the rights of workers and allow for growth in our private sector through job creation. South Carolina knows the benefits for workers of being non-union with the right-to-work law, which resulted in our state being America’s leading exporter of cars and manufacturer and exporter of tires.”
Ted Pitts, CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce added:
“There is no doubt that one of the reasons that South Carolina has been so successful at attracting and retaining business is because of our strong workforce and right to work laws that are good for employees and employers. However as business continues to grow in the Palmetto state, South Carolina companies are becoming a bigger target for labor unions. We thank Congressman Wilson for his efforts to rein in the NLRB and make it more accountable to the American people.”
In West Columbia, Congressman Wilson made the announcement at Nephron Pharmaceuticals where he was joined by CEO Lou Kennedy.
In North Augusta, Congressman Wilson made the announcement at Communigraphics, where he was hosted by State Representative Bill Hixon (R-North Augusta) and local employers promoting jobs.
The NLRB Reform Act will be officially introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday, November 16, 2015. It has also been introduced in the Senate by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).