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Special Forum To Be Held On Wednesday, November 30th In Washington To Address & Examine Attacks On The National Labor Relations Board And Workers’ Rights

Published Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:00 am
by National AFL-CIO News Now Blog Reporter Mike Hall

(WASHINGTON) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - the key agency in ensuring Workers’ Rights - is facing an unprecedented assault from partisan politicians and the 1%.

On Wednesday, November 30th - from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - a variety of panelists at a special forum that will be held at the National AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., will look at how Workers can challenge the attacks and highlight how this ongoing assault against the NLRB fits into the larger corporate-backed political agenda to degrade Workers’ Rights on the job, attack Collective Bargaining and gut Middle-Class Jobs.

Speakers include Sen. Tom Harkin (Democrat-Iowa) and U.S. Representative George Miller. The panel of Labor Law and Workers’ Rights Experts will be moderated by Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-Large of The American Prospect and include: American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown; National AFL-CIO Organizing Director Elizabeth Bunn; Professor Julius (Jack) Getman of the University of Texas School of Law; and David Madland, who serves as director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The forum comes on the same day the House of Representatives is expected to vote on Republican Bill H.R. 3094, which would block the NLRB’s proposed modest rule changes to streamline and modernize the way Union Elections are conducted.  

Miller says the bill’s singular goal “is to delay and ultimately prevent Union Representation elections.”  “Its aim is to deny Workers the opportunity for a ‘voice at work,’” he added.

The forum is sponsored by the National AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work (ARAW) and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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