WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee convenes a hearing to challenge the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) August vote to give franchise workers and subcontract workers the ability to organize and bargain with corporations rather than individual franchises or subcontractors, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today renewed his efforts to block Republican attacks on the historic ruling.

“The fact that Republicans see this NLRB decision as an attack on businesses instead of an opportunity to increase wages and workplace protections for workers proves just how out of touch their party is with America’s workforce,” said Brown. “When workers have a voice, we know they get better benefits, fairer wages, and a safer workplace. Reversing this ruling would rob workers of their right to bargain with their employer. The legislation put forth by several of my Republicans colleagues is a disappointing assault on workers’ ability to be their own advocate and I will stop at nothing to defeat it should it come to the floor.”

Republicans in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation, the “Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act,” to reverse the NLRB’s decision.

Brown continues to support American workers by protecting the right to collectively bargain, advocating for better wages, and ensuring paid sick leave.