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Claiming 'democracy under attack,' Biden administration looks to make it harder to oust unions


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The Center Square

(The Center Square) –The day after President Joe Biden claimed "American democracy is under attack," his administration took action to make it more difficult for employees to vote on whether or not they want to join a union.

At a Democrat Party campaign event on Wednesday, Biden said democracy is under attack by the "MAGA Republican Party," referring to those who support former President Donald Trump.

"We must vote knowing who we have been and what we're at risk of becoming," Biden said. "We must vote knowing what's at stake and not just the policy of the moment – but institutions that have held us together, as we've sought a more perfect union, are also at stake."

 

The next day, his administration's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it would start the process rescind a 2020 rule implemented to protect workers' right to vote on removing union representation. 

The NLRB adopted the Election Protection Rule in 2020 to reform several processes, including union officials filing "blocking charges" to prevent employees from voting out union representation from their workplace. Filing blocking charges by making one or multiple allegations against an employer prevents employees from voting, or their ballots are impounded because litigation ensues over the charges. This process often takes months or years to resolve, during which union representation and dues deductions continue. :snip:

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