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Candidates For Congress Stake Claim For & Against Ambush Elections

Sen. McCaskill Remains Silent On Job-Killing NLRB Regulation On Eve Of Senate Vote

Jefferson City, MO (April 23, 2012) –The Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs (CPMOJ) today announced the initial results to its candidate questionnaire on a job-killing regulation being implemented by President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as pending legislation that protects workers and small business owners.  CPMOJ sought responses from candidates across Missouri seeking federal office, and to date, 10 candidates running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives returned their responses.

The responses are timely as the U.S. Senate is preparing to vote this week on a joint resolution of disapproval (S.J Res. 36) that overturns the ambush election regulation.  It is important for all candidates for federal office to inform their constituents how they would vote on this matter.

U.S. Representative Todd Akin, who seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate to face Senator Claire McCaskill, responded by saying he would vote for the joint resolution of disapproval and oppose other job-killing regulations like the formation of micro-unions.  As well, the Congressman noted his support for the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) and the Employee Rights Act (S. 1507 & H.R. 2810) – legislation pending in Congress that preserves employer freedoms and worker choices.  Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman also responded across the board in support of employees and small business owners by protecting worker privacy, and opposing ambush elections and micro-unions.

Jerry Beck, who is also running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, stood with the Obama Administration’s union boss-friendly policies on key questions concerning micro-unions and ambush elections.  However, Beck did stand with employees and employers by supporting the Keep Employees’ Emails and Phones Secure Act (H.R. 3991).

Unfortunately, Senator McCaskill, who is running unchallenged in her primary, has not returned the questionnaire and has not made her intentions clear concerning where she stands on these important workplace issues; however, she will have a chance to vote against the NLRB’s harmful ambush election rule this week by supporting the resolution sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi under the Congressional Review Act.

“It is disappointing that Senator McCaskill has not informed the citizens of our state where she stands on important workplace rules that cost Missouri jobs,” said Jason Klindt, state director for the Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs (CPMOJ).  “Job creators and workers will be watching her closely this week to see if she stands up to President Obama’s labor board.  A vote in favor of reckless ambush elections and against the resolution will send a clear message to employees and employers concerning her stance on their priorities.” 

Congressional candidates in the First, Second and Sixth Congressional Districts including Representative Sam Graves, Bob Gough, Bill Slantz, John Morris and Martin Baker were uniform in their opposition to the NLRB’s overbearing regulations allowing ambush elections, micro-unions and concessions to Big Labor that put employee privacy at risk

Some candidates split their stances on the questionnaire, such as George Weber, Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, who would support the Keep Employee’s Emails and Phones Secure Act (H.R. 3991) and the Representation Fairness Act (S. 1843) if both bills were offered as amendments.  However, Weber indicated his opposition to S.J. Res. 36 and H.J. Res. 103, the joint resolutions under the Congressional Review Act that will nullify the NLRB’s recent rule allowing reckless ambush elections that disallow workers from having the necessary time to make an informed decision.  

“We are pleased so many candidates have decided to take a stand against the NLRB’s support for Big Labor’s agenda,” continued Klindt.  “We have given Missouri’s candidates until May 15th to respond to our questionnaire and we hope all candidates will do so very soon.  We look forward to educating Missourians on how their federal candidates respond to these critical questions affecting jobs and worker freedoms.”

Two weeks ago, CPMOJ sent questionnaires to all candidates running for federal office in Missouri, asking their position on important workplace issues.  To access copies of the candidates’ completed questionnaires, click here.

The Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs is an organization committed to protecting jobs in Missouri and standing up for the workers and small businesses in the state that grow the economy and create opportunities.      
To learn more, please visit: www.protectmojobs.com

To schedule an interview with a Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs representative, please contact Jason Klindt at 816-392-0799 or email jason@protectmojobs.com.