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House Probe Faults Labor Board Mail Ballot Elections

By    |   Thursday, 09 May 2024 10:30 AM EDT

A Republican-led House committee released a report Thursday detailing "blatant misconduct" and mismanagement surrounding the mail ballot union elections administered by the National Labor Relations Board that have "resulted in the disenfranchisement of workers."

Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said the NLRB has been beset by "gross irregularities" and myriad other problems since a November 2020 decision by the board to increase the number of elections by mail rather than secret ballot, onsite elections.

"Through blatant misconduct that resulted in the disenfranchisement of workers participating union in elections, the NLRB has outright corrupted its once gold standard of secret ballot, onsite elections," Foxx said in a statement. "By broadening its own authority and instituting a series of administrative changes that emboldened its own cadre of regional directors, the agency took risks that alienated voters. As this report makes clear, the NLRB's administration of mail ballot elections has become deeply fraught with procedural misconduct and gross irregularities."

Foxx initiated the investigation after a whistleblower came forward in August 2022 to alert lawmakers that the NLRB had interfered in representational elections involving Starbucks and Workers United.

Under subpoena in March 2023, the whistleblower provided the committee with more than 500 pages of documents, including from 33 representation cases, exposing NLRB staff misconduct. From that, the committee determined that the NLRB was unable to conduct mail ballot elections "in a reliable manner."

In one such case, an NLRB regional official said ballots could be slid under the door of the office if staff wasn't on site at the time to receive the ballot, in violation of election agreements.

"The American public and workers must have full confidence in the integrity of the NLRB to administer elections in a neutral and fair manner," the committee wrote in its conclusion. "To meet this high standard, the Board should recommit to conducting union elections by secret ballot.

"Arguably the Board's most important statutory charge is to ensure that elections are free and fair. It is well documented that conducting NLRB-supervised secret ballot elections is the best way to fulfill this duty."

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.

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A Republican-led House committee released a report Thursday detailing "blatant misconduct" and mismanagement surrounding the mail ballot union elections administered by the National Labor Relations Board that have "resulted in the disenfranchisement of workers.
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