Senator Scott: American Workers Can’t Afford to be Ambushed

Charleston, SC -U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a member of the Senate labor committee, issued the following statement denouncing the President’s veto of thejoint resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its ‘ambush election’ rule:

“Today’s veto by the President is yet another example of how he’s trying to radically transform the NLRB from a neutral arbiter for employees and employers into perhaps the most hyper-partisan, pro-Big Labor arm of his Administration,” said Scott, a member of the Senate Labor Committee. “When Congress, in a very rare step, invoked the Congressional Review Act to prevent the NLRB from implementing their ‘ambush election’ rule, we did it because we know that this ill-conceived rule will hurt the ability of employees to make a well-informed choice on joining a union, while giving an unfair advantage to labor bosses.

It’s time for the Administration to listen to the American people and stop placing burdensome requirements on employers that unions do not themselves have to comply with. American workers can’t afford the ‘ambush election’ rule being pushed by Big Labor and this hyper-partisan Administration.”

Senator Scott has long been a leader in calling for NLRB reforms. During a July 2013 hearing where he questioned President Obama’s NLRB nominees, he highlighted the challenges the NLRB faces due to its activist board. Watch Senator Scott’s commentshere.

Last Congress, Senator Scott joined Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to introduce theWorkforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which would require 35 days to pass between the time employees file a petition to unionize and a vote is held. He is also a cosponsor of theNational Labor Relations Board Reform Act, introduced last Congress, which would reform the structure of the board.