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Dennis A. Ross

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Dennis Ross Joins Colleagues to Ensure American Workers are Protected from Out of Control NLRB

Legislation Will Ensure Workers are Given Freedom to Choose, Privacy and Security in their Labor Choices and Returns Power to the Worker and Not the Bureaucrats and Union Bosses

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Washington, October 6, 2011 | comments

Lakeland, FL – Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), a member of the Education & workforce Committee and Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Labor Policy, released the following statement upon introduction of H.R. 3904, The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.

“This legislation serves to empower the individual laborer and not the labor bosses.  By safeguarding privacy, ensuring free and fair elections and giving all affected employees a voice, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act is pro-worker and pro-free enterprise.  The actions of an activist and out of control NLRB makes this bill all the more vital to the future of the American worker.  Destroying jobs, attacking business and serving the select few may be the mission of the bureaucrats at the Department of Labor, but it is not the policy of this Congress or the American people.”

The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) will:

  • Ensures employers are able to participate in a fair union election process. The legislation provides employers at least 14 days to prepare their case to present before a NLRB election officer and an opportunity to raise additional concerns throughout the election hearing.
  • Guarantees workers have the ability to make a fully informed decision in a union election. No union election will be held in less than 35 days, giving workers a chance to hear both sides of the debate. Important issues that can determine how a worker votes will be decided before ballots are cast.
  • Reinstates the traditional standard for determining which employees will vote in the union election, restoring a standard that was developed through years of careful consideration and Congressional guidance.   
  • Protects workers’ privacy by empowering workers to choose the type of personal contact information that is provided to the union.

To read the bill, please click here.
To read a summary of the bill, click here.

Dennis Ross, son of Bill and Loyola Ross, was born in 1959 and raised in Lakeland, Florida.   He graduated from Auburn University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.  He has served as in-house counsel to the Walt Disney Company and as an associate of the law firm of Holland & Knight.  He previously served in the Florida Legislature from 2000 until being term limited in 2008.  Dennis and his wife, Cindy Hartley, were married in 1983 and have two sons, Shane and Travis. 

In the 112th Congress, Dennis will serve on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Subcommittee) as well as the Education & the Workforce and Judiciary Committees. 



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