A GOP effort to block the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from approving “quickie” union elections featured a C-SPAN moment Wednesday afternoon between U.S. Reps. John Kline and Tim Walz of Minnesota.
Kline, a Republican, was shepherding a GOP bill that would override the new NLRB election rules, which Republicans contend would permit union elections in as little as 10 days.
Walz, a Democrat, sought to attach an amendment that would prevent the GOP measure from applying to businesses that have violated labor laws or standards against workers who are veterans.
With feelings running high over divisions among Democrats and Republicans on the labor board, the floor debate had its pointed moments, with Kline accusing Democrats of “advancing the interests of big union bosses.”
Walz reiterated language from a “dear colleague” letter stating that “at a time when our warriors have been protecting our way of life, it’s our job to protect theirs.”
Kline, chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, called the amendment an attempt to kill the bill.
The Kline bill was approved without the Walz amendment in mostly party-line voting, though the measure is unlikely to see any action in the Senate.
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