So Senate Republicans have a shiny new thing they're calling the Congressional Review Act on Ambush Elections (S.J. Res. 8), and it's terrible and dumb because of course it is.


The resolution would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from implementing new proposed rules to modernize union elections to make the process more efficient for workers. But because Republicans hate unions and elections and workers and efficiency, they'd rather keep the system from the last century, to protect poor oppressed employers from being "ambushed" by the democratic process.

Guess who has some thoughts on how dumb that is? Why, it's Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

Today, instead of raising minimum wages for millions of struggling families, or letting people refinance their student loans, or making sure that women get equal pay for equal work -- instead of implementing policies that strengthen the middle class, Republicans are pressing a bill to stop a government agency from modernizing its procedures because it might help -- yes, help -- American workers.

Then we are treated to a brief history lesson from The Great Professor on labor unions and how they "helped build America's strong middle class" -- and we all know how Republicans hate that -- and how the NLRB has, since 1935, overseen the process by which employees can vote to decide whether to unionize.

Trying to make government work better shouldn’t be controversial. But it IS controversial. Why? Because some employers simply oppose union votes altogether. They don’t want the NLRB to work. They don’t want union elections to happen at all. So they’re lobbying against these new rules. And congressional Republicans are standing up for them, advancing a proposal to stop the NLRB from implementing its final rules and doing the job that Congress gave it 80 years ago.

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Let’s be honest. The only ambush here is the Republican ambush on workers’ basic rights.

Then she throws out some more facts and numbers from studies, like some kind of Harvard professor or something, about how workers get screwed out of holding union elections altogether when employers are allowed to delay the process out of “concern.” Which is exactly what Republicans are trying to keep in place.

Throughout history, powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor, but we didn’t roll over. At every turn, in every time of challenge, organized labor has been there, fighting on behalf of the American people. Labor was on the front lines to take children out of factories and to put them in schools. Labor was there to give meaning to the words “consumer protection,” by making our food and our medicine safe. Labor was there to fight for minimum wages in states across this country. In every fight to build opportunity in this country, in every fight to level the playing field, in every fight for working families, labor has been on the front lines.

Powerful interests have attacked many of the basic foundations of this country, the foundations that once built a strong middle class. And too many times, those powerful interests have prevailed. So it comes down to a question I’ve asked before: Who does this Congress work for?

Republicans say that government should keep on working for powerful CEOs who don’t like unions and who’ve figured out how to exploit a tangled system. Republicans complain about government inefficiencies, but then they introduce a bill that is specifically designed so that a broken and inefficient system will stay broken and inefficient, even when we know how to fix it.

Well, we weren’t sent here just to represent CEOs who don’t like unions. We were sent here to support working people who just want a fighting chance to level the playing field. I urge my colleagues to vote against his Republican resolution and let the NLRB do its job.

And that is why we are loving Elizabeth Warren today and so are you. Now click here and buy yourself an Elizabeth Warren tee shirt.

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