June 6, 2013: Unions have launched a petition drive and lobbying effort to get a fully-functioning National Labor Relations Board with five voting members.
The National Labor Relations Board protects the organizing and contract bargaining rights of more than 80 million private sector workers.
The labor movement's message is simple:
When workers stand up for themselves at work, they deserve to be protected from employer harassment, discipline or termination. It's time for the Senate majority to confirm the three Democrats and two Republicans who have been nominated to the NLRB so that workers' rights are protected and labor law is fairly enforced.
Right now, the NLRB is functioning without five members—and important NLRB decisions are being blocked as a result.
Earlier this year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a court decision (Noel Canning) that overturned a routine ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.
Employers have been using Noel Canning as an excuse to challenge rulings already resolved by the NLRB and to put current cases on hold—undermining the enforcement of labor laws.
To ensure we have a fully-functioning NLRB, five nominees have been put forward for approval by the U.S. Senate.
Concerned workers launched the "Give Us 5" petition urging the Senate to confirm all five members of the NLRB so that working people's rights are protected.