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January 17, 2015
Hubbard accuses US labor board of organizing unions
Source: MONTGOMERY ADVISOR

HUNTSVILLE – The Republican speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives accused a federal agency Saturday of trying to organize labor unions, though it was unclear why he made that accusation and his spokeswoman could not offer supporting evidence.  Rep. Mike Hubbard said Alabama will maintain right-to-work laws, meaning no worker can be forced to join a union or be required to pay for union representation costs. Labor unions must still represent workers who do not join or pay dues.

"We will make certain that we are always a right-to-work state despite what President Obama is trying to do," Hubbard told a meeting of the Republican Men's Club, according to Al.com. "The fact that we have to fight the Federal Labor Relations Board, which is down here now, not overseeing any type of labor actions, but is actually recruiting and trying to force organized labor upon us, our own federal government is doing that."  Hubbard appeared to be referencing the National Labor Relations Board. By law, the NLRB does not organize labor unions. Rather, it supervises elections in which workers can decide whether they want union representation. The board also investigates alleged violations of federal labor law. NLRB officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment Saturday.

When asked to explain the statement, Hubbard spokeswoman Rachel Adams said the lawmaker had no further comment.  Re-elected as House speaker, Hubbard is facing a trial on charges he used the speaker's office to benefit himself financially. He's accused of using his public offices to steer business to his companies and to solicit investments and clients from lobbyists. Hubbard has pleaded not guilty.  During the speech, Hubbard said starting dual enrollment and charter schools may be solutions to poorly performing public schools.  "In the real world, if you're doing a poor job of servicing your clients, you go out of business," Hubbard said. "Well, public schools never go out of business no matter how bad they are. So we're providing competition for those schools."

 

 

 


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