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June 26, 2017

Coalition Spotlight: MSCI Partners With The Coalition For A Democratic Workplace To Amplify Metals Industry’s Voice On Labor Matters

The Metals Service Center Institute partners with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace  (CDW) to push back against overregulation by the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor, which threatens entrepreneurs, U.S. employers and employees, and the nation’s economic growth. More than 600 organizations are part of the CDW.

The coalition has been very busy recently. On June 21, after President Donald Trump formally nominated Marvin Kaplan to the NLRB, the CDW issued a statement on praising the nomination. The statement, which can be found here, said Kaplan “will begin to restore balance to an agency whose recent and radical decisions and disregard for long standing precedent have injected uncertainty into labor relations to the detriment of employees, employers and the economy.” The CDW expects the Trump administration to announce a candidate for another vacant seat on the NLRB in the coming days. Stay tuned—the CDW plans to send a letter to the Senate urging a quick confirmation of both nominees.

The CDW also has been active on Capitol Hill:

  • On May 25, the CDW sent letters to both Rep. Frank Rooney (R-FL) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) thanking them for introducing H.R. 2629 and S. 1217, the Representation Fairness Restoration Act. These bills would reverse the NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare decision and re-instate the standard for determining bargaining units that has been in place for more than half a century. Click here to see the letter to Rep. Rooney and here to see the letter to Sen. Isakson.
  • On June 14, the CDW sent a letter thanking Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for introducing S. 1350, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which would roll back the ambush election rule.
  • On June 9, the CDW sent a letter to House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) thanking them for sponsoring H.R. 2776, the Workforce Democracy Fairness Act, and H.R. 2775, the Employee Privacy Protection Act, respectively. H.R. 2776 would require at least 35 days before a union election can take place and provides employers with at least 14 days to prepare their case before an NLRB election officer. Additionally, the bill would reinstate the traditional standard for determining bargaining units, reversing the Specialty Healthcare decision making micro-unions permissible. H.R. 2775 would protect personal privacy by giving employees control over what personal information can be passed along to union organizers while granting employers a more reasonable amount of time in which to comply.