Key Vote Letter Supporting S.J. Res. 30, a Resolution of Disapproval that Would Repeal Revisions the National Mediation Board Made to its Regulations Concerning Union Organizing Under the Railway Labor Act
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, urges you to support S.J. Res. 30, a resolution of disapproval that would repeal revisions the National Mediation Board made to its regulations concerning union organizing under the Railway Labor Act.
The Board’s revisions, which were finalized on May 11, 2010, overturn more than 70 years of precedent and make it possible for a union to be organized without the support of a majority of employees in the craft or class. Strong policy arguments favor the time-tested rule the Board has jettisoned, including the fact that the Board has no rule permitting decertification of a union should the employees later decide they do not want to maintain representation.
In addition, the regulatory process that led to the adoption of the rule was little more than a sham. The Board majority not only excluded the single minority member from deliberations over the rule, but it censored her dissent. Furthermore, while the rule was contentious enough to draw thousands of comments, the Board did not change a single word of the proposed rule when it was finalized, further evidencing that the regulatory process adhered to was egregiously flawed. Policy differences aside, Congress should not permit an agency to set policy in such a manner.
Due to the critical importance of this issue to the business community, the Chamber strongly urges you to support S.J. Res. 30. The Chamber may consider votes on, or in relation to, this issue in our annual How They Voted scorecard.
R. Bruce Josten