(Washington, D.C.) —Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its final rule to simplify, streamline, and expedite workers’ ability to voice their desire to be represented for the purpose of collectively bargaining with their employer.

“Our country is strongest when all workers and families benefit from economic growth, not just the wealthiest few—and when we protect workers’ rights under the law to stand together and bargain for better wages and working conditions. That is why I strongly support the NLRB’s continued work to make sure that workers across the country are treated fairly in labor elections and that their right to collective bargaining is guaranteed. These commonsense reforms bring the Board’s election process into the modern age, substantially streamline overly bureaucratic burdens put in place over the years, and are a strong step in the right direction.”