On Thursday, the House will consider H.R. 2587, the “Job Outsourcers’ Bill of Rights.” I urge you to oppose this legislation.
H.R. 2587 would make it easier for employers to outsource jobs by eliminating the ability of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to restore jobs if a company illegally moves operations or eliminates jobs because workers engage in activities protected by federal law.
The bill is intended to protect one company, the Boeing Company, from having to remedy alleged violations of federal law in a case currently being heard before an Administrative Law Judge. Boeing allegedly retaliated against workers in Washington State for exercising their rights, but the case is currently pending and facts are being determined.
H.R. 2587 is part of a larger campaign against American workers that includes a far-reaching investigation by the Oversight Committee into the NLRB’s decision to prosecute Boeing. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has taken several steps to interfere with this ongoing law enforcement action, including issuing a subpoena, threatening contempt proceedings against the NLRB, and intimidating individual NLRB attorneys trying to do their jobs.
Those concerned with upholding the rule of law and protecting due process have stood firmly against the Committee’s abuses:
“If Mr. Issa’s goal is to scrutinize the NLRB—and not just to sabotage the Boeing litigation—a reasonable delay in obtaining Boeing-specific documents should not hurt.”
“Politics has grown more divisive in recent years, but when political rhetoric spills into the enforcement of long-established laws, something more is at stake. Impugning the legitimacy of a legal case at the early stages of prosecution challenges the basic legal framework that underlies our Constitution.”
“The committee also has the responsibility to use its powers wisely, judiciously, and in the public interest—including allowing an independent federal law enforcement agency, such as the NLRB, to do its job without undue interference.”
H.R. 2587 is one more tactic in the Republican playbook to subvert the judicial process to help a special interest. Legislation and congressional investigations should not be used to assist a private party in ongoing litigation or to prevent a federal agency from fulfilling its congressionally mandated duty to protect American workers.
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