"Two board staffers and former NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce said the guidelines hinder the agency’s power to investigate accusations of unfair labor practices and could discourage whistleblowers from coming forward."
“Giving money away is definitely much easier than addressing these issues internally. It’s corporate P.R., because it transfers the responsibility of solving the problem to outside organizations. If they are generally opposed to racism, they should hold up the mirror to themselves.”, said Jamillah Bowman Williams
"As front-line workers, from emergency room staff to grocery store clerks, face an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19, they have little in the way of regulatory protections to fall back on. Democrats’ efforts to move worker protections through Congress have so far been stymied, and a regulatory process launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to mandate protections from infectious disease exposure was back-burnered by the Trump administration."
"Colorado child care workers, school bus drivers, and cafeteria workers are among those who would have access to temporary paid sick leave under emergency rules intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus."
"“The US government needs a response to the coronavirus that prevents people from having to choose between a missed paycheck and risking their and their families’ health,” said Lena Simet, senior poverty and inequality researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The government should target its economic stimulus packages to the low-income communities that will be hit first and hardest, and ensure an adequate standard of living for all.”"
"The President is now calling the fight against the coronavirus a war. But in what kind of war do we send in troops without any armor? Our brave first responders and health professionals are working without the protective gear they need to keep safe. At the rate things are going, they may never get the gear they need if no one in the administration is accountable for prioritizing their safety."
"Although union density has diminished, workplace inequities have caused workers' desires for union membership to grow. And while anti-labor sentiment has seemingly been institutionalized, it is losing ground in the court of public opinion." — Mark Gaston Pearce, WRI Executive Director
WRI Executive Director Mark Gaston Pearce traveled to the ABA Labor and Employment sections' conference in San Juan, PR to speak before experts in the field on how the new NLRB election rule will cause more challenges to workers' ability to organize.
The PRO Act proposes to expand the NLRB's ability to offer workers compensation for harms suffered, to make injunctive relief in the event of employer unfair practices mandatory instead of optional, to create an avenue for workers to bring a civil action in Federal court, and to make joining a Union and negotiating a first contract substantially easier.
WRI Executive Director Mark Gaston Pearce offered testimony to the House based on his own experiences as Chairman of the Board. He emphasized the importance of reevaluating the procedural difficulties and the limitations that have impeded the NLRB from fulfilling the NLRA's dual mission to make harmed workers whole and to deter future unlawful conduct by employers.
“As the Board’s experience in Pacific Beach Hotel shows, when employers discover that the cost of noncompliance is so low, they sometimes violate the law frequently over the course of many years. It isn’t difficult to understand why.” — Mark Gaston Pearce on the remedial limitations of the NLRB.