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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Top Democrats Urge NLRB to Protect Workers’ Due Process in McDonald’s Case

March 13, 2018
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Democrats

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee, along with top Democrats, sent a letter to Peter Robb, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), requesting that he resume the litigation of the McDonald’s case. The General Counsel decided to pursue settlement of the McDonald’s case – with only a handful of days remaining before the close of hearings.

“[W]e are troubled that your decision to prematurely suspend this litigation adversely impacts the charging parties’ due process rights,” the Members wrote. “Imposing a settlement that the charging parties do not approve would risk denying them recourse for the harms the General Counsel’s office alleged in its complaints. For that reason, it appears both imprudent with respect to resources already committed, and unfair to the charging parties to prematurely terminate prosecution of this matter.”

Over the past three years of litigation, this high-stakes case produced an extensive record of allegations that McDonald’s and its franchisees retaliated against its employees for exercising their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In addition to resuming the case, the Members also asked the NLRB to produce the entire record of the litigation against McDonald’s by April 1, 2018.

The text of the letter can be found here.