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AFP Applauds Introduction of Revamped Employee Rights Act

Mar 26, 2019 by AFP

ARLINGTON, Va. – Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the Employee Rights Act, a package of measures that would empower American employees to have a greater say over how their hard-earned pay can be used by unions for political activity, among other significant reforms.

AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

“The Employee Rights Act would give workers the rights they deserve but have long been denied. Workers need the safeguards in this bill to ensure they have a real say in their union representation. Particularly important is the provision requiring unions to get permission from each member before using that member’s dues for anything other than collective bargaining. This bill helps protect the voices of all union-represented employees, and we believe Congress should work quickly to get it to President Trump’s desk.”

AFP has been a strong advocate of previous iterations of the Employee Rights Act.

Among other things, the legislation would accomplish the following if enacted:

  • Require a majority of all potential members, not just those who cast ballots, to unionize.
  • Guarantee all employees a right to a secret ballot election.
  • Require unions to get permission from each union member before they can use that member’s dues for any activity other than collective bargaining.
  • Safeguard worker privacy by granting individuals the ability to opt out sharing their personal information with a union during an organizing campaign.
  • Ensure the right to a secret ballot vote among all union members before declaring a strike.

Polling on the Employee Rights Act shows overwhelming support from both union and non-union households.

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