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Bill would strip NLRB of prosecutorial powers

Joe Mont | August 16, 2017

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced legislation that would strip the National Labor Relations Board of its power to prosecute and adjudicate labor disputes.

The “Protecting American Jobs Act” would transfer the power to hear labor disputes to federal courts. The NLRB would retain the power to conduct investigations, but would not be allowed to prosecute them.

“For far too long the NLRB has acted as judge, jury, and executioner, for labor disputes in this country,” Lee said in a statement. “The havoc they have wrought by upsetting decades of established labor law has cost countless jobs. This common sense legislation would finally restore fairness and accountability to our nation’s labor laws."

The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Luther Strange (R-AL), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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