By Sahid Fawaz
Republicans no longer pretend to be pro-worker. They’ll attack, but never help, unions any chance they get.
This week’s attack happened Thursday in the U.S. Senate.
“Senate Republicans introduced legislation Thursday that would radically reshape federal labor law by giving dissenting workers additional rights to reject or refuse unions.
Called the Employee Rights Act, the legislation would require unions to get written permission from members before using their dues for political purposes. It would also mandate recertification votes following significant turnover at a workplace to determine if the union still has majority support of workers, among other changes.
‘Anyone whose real concern is preserving the rights of individual workers should support the Employee Rights Act, which addresses many issues plaguing Americans in the workplace,’ said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, lead sponsor of the legislation. ‘This comprehensive workers’ rights bill does not include a single provision that empowers employers at the expense of unions. The only parties whose position will be improved by this legislation are employees. The Employee Rights Act is not a Democrat or Republican issue — it is simply a commonsense solution to champion workers’ rights and strengthen our economy.’
If the union fails the recertification vote it would lose the right to be the workers’ exclusive representative for collective bargaining. In addition, the legislation would require all union workplace organizing elections to be federally monitored and use a secret ballot and require that unions win a majority of all of the workers, not just the number of votes cast in the election.
The legislation would nullify an Obama-era rule by the National Labor Relations Board shortening the time period from when elections are authorized to when they are held, a time period often used by employers to mount anti-union campaigns. It would also allow workers to prohibit their employers from giving their private contact information away to unions. Under current law, the employers must give the information to unions seeking to represent their employees. Individual workers have no say in the matter.”
Ever notice that Republicans never introduce legislation to “preserv[e] the rights of individual workers” from infractions by corporate America? Funny how that works.
For the rest of the story, check out the full piece at the Washington Examiner.