April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1120 which would effectively shut down the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“Today House Republicans stooped to a new low by passing legislation to shut down the NLRB. This is part of a calculated and ongoing effort by big corporations and their allies in government to weaken the right to organize. Simply put, they want to make it harder for workers to join a union by taking the referee off the field and letting chaos ensue. If House Republicans are so interested in the NLRB having a working quorum, they should call their colleagues in the Senate and urge them to allow an up or down vote on President Obama’s nominees.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.