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Roe Reintroduces the Employee Rights Act

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Washington, March 26, 2019 | Whitley Alexander (2022266356) | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) reintroduced H.R. 1855, the Employee Rights Act (ERA). Original cosponsors include Reps. Virginia Foxx, Bradley Byrne, Rick Allen, James Comer, Francis Rooney, Mark Walker, Jim Banks, Ron Wright, Joe Wilson, Ted Budd, Scott DesJarlais and Tom McClintock. Rep. Roe released the following statement:

“Today, Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee held a hearing about protecting workers’ right to form a union,” said Roe. “If we really want to protect workers’ rights, we should ensure workers receive all relevant information on how unions affect them, and then trust them to make a decision in their own best interest. That’s why I am proud to reintroduce this commonsense measure to ensure a transparent and fair workplace. 

“Having grown up in a union household, I recognize the purpose unions have served. Today, labor union membership is half of what it was in the 1980s, and only 11 percent of the workforce is currently made up by union members. It’s clear there are reasons so many workers are choosing not to form unions. While House Democrats’ proposals take power away from workers, the ERA will restore workers’ faith in unions because it is neither pro- nor anti-union. It will simply make unions more accountable to the workers they serve. I thank Leader Foxx for her support and for her focus on policies that benefit workers.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor stated: “The American worker, regardless of his or her profession, is the driving force behind American innovation. We need labor law reform that recognizes this fact and empowers the individual American worker. The ERA is the result of Rep. Roe’s tireless focus and dedication to finding solutions that will modernize outdated and old-fashioned labor laws to increase accountability and transparency for labor unions. I’m proud to cosponsor the ERA and call on all Members of Congress who believe in strengthening the American workforce to embrace these reforms.” 

Note: Congressman Roe introduced identical legislation in the 115th Congress. The bill’s eight major provisions are focused on preventing coercion and manipulation in the workplace. These reforms would strengthen protection for workers by requiring a secret ballot for union elections; require periodic recertification of union organization to ensure that the current workforce supports maintaining the union; and would reform the process by which unions can use member dues to provide financial contributions to political entities. 

A copy of this bill can be found here, and the Congressman’s remarks from the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions hearing can be found here.

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