We need immediate congressional action to protect workers, like folks at Amazon, Apple and Starbucks, from retaliation as they speak out and fight to organize their workplaces.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was established by the National Labor Relations Act to enforce labor laws related to collective bargaining and to investigate Unfair Labor Practices that occur. Since 2014, the funding for the NLRB has remained static – in real terms, this is like a 25% funding decrease. There are fewer resources and fewer staff available to monitor elections and investigate claims of Unfair Labor Practices. Meanwhile, petitions to form a union increased by 58% in the first half of 2022, compared to the same period the year before. Likewise, reports of Unfair Labor Practices increased by 18%.
We know that unions have a higher approval rating now than they’ve had in decades – 71% of Americans approve of unions, according to Gallup. Tens of millions of Americans would join a union today if they could. But for too many workers, access to a union is out of reach because corporate interests use every tool in their toolbox to stop workers from organizing.
Thousands of working people in a variety of industries are standing up and demanding their rights at the workplace – but without a fully funded NLRB, these brave workers will be at risk of intimidation and retaliation.
Tell Congress to fully fund the NLRB with the $368 million budget it needs.