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For Immediate Release

Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796

Right Wing Republicans Launch Another Attack On Workers' Rights


After the several Members of Congress announced their intention to file Resolutions of Disapproval aimed at stopping implementation of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule change impacting union elections, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

"Today's predictable challenge to a commonsense NLRB rule change is just another attempt by the corporate right wing of the Republican Party to undermine workers' fundamental rights. In this case, they are attacking workers' right to vote to gain access to collective bargaining with their employers in a fair and timely manner. We've seen over and over again that anti-worker Republicans are intent on overturning the foundation of our nation's labor laws - both at the federal and state level. Without reason, they seek to villify public workers, restrict or eliminate collective bargaining rights for both private and public sector workers and move anti-worker legislation that would take away workers' voices on the job. This is just the latest example.

"During a time of dramatic income inequality and persistent unemployment, these Members of Congress should be focused on creating good jobs, not attacking hard working Americans trying to join together to make a better life for their families and their communities.

"Both the House and Senate should reject these Resolutions."

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.