Obama Stands by Workers and Vetoes Bill

WASHINGTON —As promised, President Barack Obama vetoed the GOP bill killing streamlined union recognition election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board on March 31.

Obama commented, “A while back, the National Labor Relations Board, the NLRB, put forward some common-sense, modest changes to streamline the voting process for folks who wanted to join a union.  And unfortunately, the Republican Senate and House decided to put forward a proposal to reverse those changes.  I think that’s a bad idea.”

Obama furthered his statement by attributing the establishment of the 40-hour workweek, the weekend, fair benefits, and decent wages and the elimination of child labor exploitation to unions. He agreed that if workers would like to join a union, they should be able to do so and do it easily.

The President also declared this fall the White House will hold a summit on worker’s rights because “middle-class families and folks trying to work their way into the middle class still have some big difficulties.”

Obama says he wants to provide an opportunity for workers’ voices to be heard and begin a mutually beneficial dialogue so everyone is happy. The summit this fall will also include small businesses, academics and organizers.

Source: PAI