Employee Rights Act

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The Employee Rights Act (S.1874), or ERA, is a bill re-introduced to the 114th Congress in the United States Senate on July 8, 2015 by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch [R-UT] and 16 co-sponsors.[1] The bill was referred to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.[2] It is the successor to bills first introduced in the 112th Congress of the same name, also sponsored by Sen. Hatch and then-Rep. (now Senator) Tim Scott of South Carolina.[3]

An identical Employee Rights Act bill (H.R. 3222) was re-introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on July 27, 2015 by Rep. Tom Price [R-GA] and 30 co-sponsors.[4] It was referred to the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce.[5]

Legislation[edit]

The bill includes eight core provisions. It would require secret ballot elections to determine union representation; create union re-certification elections when half of the originally unionized employees have turned over; mandate opt-in rather than opt-out systems for voluntary contributions to union political operations, or "paycheck protection"; change the "win" bar for a union certification election to include the majority of all affected employees, not just those who voted; permit employees not to provide personal information to union organizers; provide protections from union coercion (including fines) blocking de-certification of an existing union; require secret ballot strike votes, eliminating the option to vote at union meetings following discussion; and criminalize union threats and violence.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orrin, Hatch, (2015-07-28). "Text - S.1874 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Employee Rights Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  2. ^ Orrin, Hatch, (2015-07-28). "Committees - S.1874 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Employee Rights Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Tim Scott Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers' Rights - Press Releases - United States Senator Orrin Hatch". www.hatch.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  4. ^ Tom, Price, (2015-11-16). "Text - H.R.3222 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Employee Rights Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  5. ^ Tom, Price, (2015-11-16). "Committees - H.R.3222 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Employee Rights Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  6. ^ Stverak, Jason (2014-02-18). "Labor board stacks the deck for unions". The Hill. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ Sherk, James; Jolevski, Filip (2013-11-13). "Employee Rights Act: Protecting Workers from Union Overreach". Heritage.org. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ Hoist, Christine (2013-11-27). "Republicans introduce "Employee Rights Act" targeting NLRA". Lexology. Retrieved 2014-03-04.