Roe Statement on Introduction of the Employee Rights Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) introduced the Employee Rights Act. Original cosponsors included Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Rob Woodall, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, and Rep. Richard Hudson.
“The rights of American workers were under attack during the Obama presidency, and it is time to restore those rights and work to foster a pro-growth, pro-employee environment,” said Rep. Roe. “This legislation will ensure individuals’ rights are upheld when considering whether or not they wish to join a union. The Employee Rights Act isn’t pro- or anti-union, it’s a commonsense measure to ensure a transparent and fair workplace. I am proud to introduce this instrumental piece of legislation that will protect and promote the rights of America’s workers.”
“South Carolina, a long-time defender of right-to-work protections, has seen firsthand how job creation and economic growth come from expanded freedoms and free markets. Employee rights have been the basis for South Carolina becoming the America's leading exporter of tires and cars,” said Rep. Wilson. “The Employee Rights Act is critical legislation that establishes clear protections for America’s workers—to protect employees from union coercion, to have a secret ballot, and, if they choose to join a union, to know how their dues are spent.”
BACKGROUND: This piece of legislation would require opt-in permission from union members for the use of their union dues for any purpose other than collective bargaining. It also requires periodic union re-certification elections to ensure current employees have the ability to decide if they wish to remain represented by a union. Employees should have the opportunity to hold their representation accountable and decide whether a union is acting in their interests. It would require a majority vote of all employees, not just those present on a particular day, to decide whether to unionize or strike. In addition, this bill would require that elections be done by secret ballot to protect employees from intimidation during union elections. By giving employees the right to opt out of sharing personal information shared with a union during an organizing campaign, employee privacy will be respected.A copy of the bill can be found here.