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.

The Washington Examiner reports:

"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.


+1 #4 R. OConnor 2017-09-11 03:35
Noticed not much talk about LABOR DAY except somehow it got turned into national prayer day. :oops:
+7 #3 Gunner 2017-09-10 22:50
Republicans always label the wrong they are doing the opposite of what it is. They believe we are so stupid we will fall for it. Patriot Act, Citizens United, Right to Work, Employees Rights Act. . . Each one, the opposite of what the name implies.
+2 #2 Allan B. Darr 2017-09-10 20:46
This right wing hack has hated unions all of his life. From a state of cult religion which allows a man to have a heap of wives what could one expect. He has been a hatchet thug for the far right all of jid yests. I eould not pee down his throat if his stomach was on fire.
+2 #1 Tracy MacEachern 2017-09-10 19:20
This will just overload our current labor unions, delaying available working apprenticeship. This legislation is another attack on our hard working Americans.

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