On Wednesday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted 23-16 along party lines to send the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) (pdf) to the House floor. The vote followed a lengthy markup session of the legislation that would, among other changes, effectively undo the criteria used to determine an appropriate bargaining unit established by the National Labor Relations Board’s recent Specialty Healthcare decision, and prevent the National Labor Relations Board from pursuing its proposed changes to representation election procedures. According to the Committee’s media advisory, this bill “restores successful labor practices and reaffirms protections workers and employers have received for decades” and “ensures employers have access to a fair election hearing and employees are able to make a fully informed decision about union representation.” Earlier this month, the Committee held a more formal hearing with invited panelists to debate the bill’s merits. Continue reading this entry at Littler’s Washington DC Employment Law Update.