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Introduced in House (02/07/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 866

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to ensure the right of employees to a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 7, 2007

Mr. Norwood (for himself, Mr. McKeon, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Putnam, Mr. Akin, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Brady of Texas, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Campbell of California, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Coble, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Crenshaw, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Feeney, Mr. Flake, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Garrett of New Jersey, Mr. Gilchrest, Mr. Gingrey, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Herger, Mr. Inglis of South Carolina, Mr. Issa, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Keller of Florida, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Latham, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Marchant, Mr. McHenry, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Miller of Florida, Mrs. Musgrave, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Price of Georgia, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Shadegg, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Souder, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Wicker, and Mr. Wilson of South Carolina) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the National Labor Relations Act to ensure the right of employees to a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Secret Ballot Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds that—

(1) the right of employees under the National Labor Relations Act to choose whether to be represented by a labor organization by way of secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board is among the most important protections afforded under Federal labor law;

(2) the right of employees to choose by secret ballot is the only method that ensures a choice free of coercion, intimidation, irregularity, or illegality; and

(3) the recognition of a labor organization by using a private agreement, rather than a secret ballot election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, threatens the freedom of employees to choose whether to be represented by a labor organization, and severely limits the ability of the National Labor Relations Board to ensure the protection of workers.

SEC. 3. National Labor Relations Act.

(a) Recognition of representative.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 8(a)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158(a)(2)) is amended by inserting before the colon the following: “or to recognize or bargain collectively with a labor organization that has not been selected by a majority of such employees in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in accordance with section 9”.

(2) APPLICATION.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall not apply to collective bargaining relationships in which a labor organization with majority support was lawfully recognized before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b) Election required.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 8(b) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158(b)), as amended by subsection (c) of this section, is amended—

(A) by striking “and” at the end of paragraph (6);

(B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (7) and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(8) to cause or attempt to cause an employer to recognize or bargain collectively with a representative of a labor organization that has not been selected by a majority of such employees in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in accordance with section 9.”.

(2) APPLICATION.—The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall not apply to collective bargaining relationships that were recognized before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c) Secret ballot election.—Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 159(a)), is amended—

(1) by inserting “(1)” after “(a)”;

(2) by inserting after “designated or selected” the following: “by a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in accordance with this section”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) The secret ballot election requirement of paragraph (1) shall not apply to collective bargaining relationships that were recognized before the date of the enactment of this Act.”.

SEC. 4. Regulations.

Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act the National Labor Relations Board shall review and revise all regulations promulgated before such date to implement the amendments made in this Act to the National Labor Relations Act.