Policy: Labor

NLRB chairman: Our job is to help people unionize

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In a statement issued last week on the 78th anniversary of the President Franklin Roosevelt signing the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Pearce said the board’s mission was to help people form unions:

Our job today, just as it has been since the Great Depression, is to ensure the right of millions of working men and women to organize and bargain collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions, to protect companies from unfair labor practices and to resolve disputes by enforcing the law. We continue to play a vital role in defining the rules of the road, so that business owners and employees alike can prosper and improve the lives of their families, their communities and our country.

The National Labor Relations Board is proud of our on-going work to guarantee democracy in the workplace and sustain a strong and expanding middle class.

Read the full statement here. This is a fair reading of the NLRA, which states that the “policy of the United States [is] … encouraging the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.”

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