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H.R. 2978 (112th): Protecting American Jobs Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 20, 2011 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 2978


September 20, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Westmoreland, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Long, Mr. Ross of Florida, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Fleischmann, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Canseco, Mr. Landry, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Flores, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Crawford, Mrs. Black, Mr. Gingrey of Georgia, Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Ribble) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


To amend the National Labor Relations Act to modify the authority of the National Labor Relations Board with respect to rulemaking, issuance of complaints, and authority over unfair labor practices.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting American Jobs Act.


Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act


Duties of the General Counsel and Administrative Law Judges

The National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) is amended—


in section 3(d), by striking and issuance of complaints under section 10, and in respect of the prosecution of such complaints before the Board; and


in section 4(a), by striking the fourth sentence.


Clarification of the Board’s rulemaking authority

Section 6 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 156) is amended by adding at the end the following: Such rulemaking authority shall be limited to rules concerning the internal functions of the Board and the Board is prohibited from promulgating rules that affect the substantive rights of any person, employer, employee, or labor organization..


Investigatory power and Adjudicatory Authority Over Unfair Labor Practice Allegations

Section 10 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 60) is amended—


in subsection (a)—


by striking prevent any person from engaging in and inserting investigate; and


by striking This power shall and all that follows through the end of the subsection;


in subsection (b)—


by striking Whenever it is charged and inserting Whenever it appears;


by striking or is engaging in and inserting , is engaging in, or is about to engage in;


by striking the Board, or any agent and all that follows through Provided, That no complaint shall be issued and inserting the aggrieved party may bring a civil action for such relief (including injunctions) as may be appropriate. Any such action may be brought in the district court of the United States where the violation occurred, or at the option of the parties, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. No civil action may be brought;


by striking charge with the Board and the service of a copy thereof upon the person against whom such charge is made and insert civil action; and


by striking Any such complaint may be amendment and all that follows through Any such proceeding shall, so far as practicable, and insert Any such proceeding shall;


by striking subsections (c) through (k) and redesignating subsection (l) as subsection (c); and


in subsection (c) (as so redesignated)—


by striking Whenever it is charged and inserting Whenever it is alleged;


in the first sentence, by striking charge both places it appears and inserting allegation; and


by striking and that a complaint should issue, he shall and all that follows through the end of the subsection and inserting , the officer or regional attorney shall, on behalf of the Board, submit a written summary of the findings to all parties involved in the alleged unfair labor practice..



Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the National Labor Relations Board shall review and revise all regulations promulgated before such date to implement the amendments made by this Act.