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NAM Makes Statement on legislative solutions to NLRB overreach.

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June 14, 2012 - NAM VP for HR Policy Joe Trauger's statement supported amendments addressing recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) activity offered by Sen Lindsey Graham to Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Trauger asserted that allowing "micro-unions" would foster hostile work environments for employees and employers alike, and that "ambush elections" rule eliminates preparation time needed to make important decisions.

National Association of Manufacturing - Washington, DC

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Manufacturers Weigh in on Legislative Solutions to NLRB Overreach

Press release date: June 13, 2012

Sensible Labor Policy and Regulation Remain a Top Concern for Manufacturers Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued the following statement in support of amendments addressing recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) activity offered by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. These amendments would halt the "ambush elections" rule and the Specialty Healthcare "micro-unions" rule. "In recent months, the NLRB has advocated and implemented an agenda that has ignored congressional intent behind 75 years of labor policy and delivered damaging blows to manufacturers and their employees. The NAM has utilized every tool available to attempt to halt these egregious oversteps in their authority, and we're pleased to see Congress working to reassert its authority in the face of a struggling economy and high unemployment. Allowing a new standard of 'micro-unions' will create hostile work environments, pitting employees against each other and implementing a nearly impossible-to-manage situation for employers. Additionally, the 'ambush elections' rule eliminates the necessary preparation time for employers and employees to make such an important decision. Manufacturers strongly support Sen. Graham's efforts to ensure that we don't fix what isn't broken in today's labor policy." -NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit


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