NRF Key Votes the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 – The National Retail Federation today sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to express its support for H.R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, which is expected to come to the House floor for a full vote later this week.
NRF key voted the bill, signaling the retail industry’s interest in this important economic and workforce priority. NRF will apply the vote as one measure in its voting and election scorecard, which the association uses to educate members on their legislators’ support for retail’s priorities.
The bill is in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s unanimous decision in the Noel Canning case that found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional and voided. It would prohibit the NLRB from further decision-making responsibilities and prevent the NLRB from enforcing any board decision or action made after the January 2012 recess appointments.
“NRF supports H.R. 1120 because it will create clarity in labor relations and allow some semblance of certainty of how parties [employers and employees] are to act,” said the letter from NRF Senior Vice President David French. “NRF supports a lawful, balanced, and functional National Labor Relations Board.”
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com