Monday, November 19, 2007

Protest Rally Tuesday Against NLRB

On November 20th at 3:00 p.m., after the Labor 2008 Coordinators meeting in Little Rock, we are requesting that everyone join us in a protest at the regional Labor Board office, saying the Bush-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has abandoned its mission of protecting workers’ rights, and instead is catering to corporations. The protestors will point to a recent downpour of 61 unexpected rulings in September, saying the majority of the decisions roll back workers’ rights. They will call for the Labor Board to be closed until it is more balanced. Similar actions are happening in 13 cities nationwide, including at the NLRB headquarters in Washington, DC.

“It’s time the National Labor Relations Board is closed for renovation. Working men and women are gathering at Board offices across the nation today to say the Board should shut down until we can be assured that there is a measured, fair-minded National Labor Relations Board in place to protect worker’s rights,” said Jim Nickels of Arkansas AFSCME Council 38.

Some of the recent decisions make it harder for workers to form a union through majority sign up, make it harder for workers who are illegally fired to recover back pay, and make it easier for employers to discriminate against union organizers.

The November 20th event in Little Rock is part of a nationwide week of action to raise awareness about the decisions and the threat to workers’ freedom to form and join unions. Events will take place in 13 cities with thousands of workers participating across the country.

Who: Workers, community leaders and members
What: Regional Labor Relations Board office
When: November 20th, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: 425 West Capitol Ave., Suite 1615
Little Rock , AR 72201-3489

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