Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) has introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723), important legislation that would protect workers from union abuses and ensure fair representation in the workplace.

The ERA would include important revisions to current labor law, including:

1) Guaranteeing a secret-ballot vote in unionization elections

2) Requiring unions to regularly run for re-certification 

3) Forbidding union bosses from spending dues on anything besides collective bargaining without the express consent of the worker

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) president Grover Norquist praised the ERA, saying in a statement:  “For too long union bosses have been allowed to bully and intimidate people into voting for unionization.  Secret-ballot elections will help ensure union elections are actually free and fair.”

“These reforms are long overdue,” agreed Matt Patterson, executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF).  “Fewer than 10 percent of union members ever had a say in that representation.  Making unions go regularly before their members and earn their vote will make their leadership more honest and less political.”

“This is not an ‘anti-union’ bill,” assured Patterson.  “But it is an anti-bullying bill, in that the power of union bosses to stalk and intimidate would be greatly curtailed.  If unions win an election, fine, but let them do it fair and square.”

The full text of the ERA can be read here.

***ATR and CWF applaud this legislation, and urge all Representatives to support it.***

The Center for Worker Freedom is a special project of Americans for Tax Reform


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