Empowered Workers. Free and Fair Workplaces.

For the last decade, workers and businesses have suffered from politically motivated public policies that have eroded worker rights and hurt small businesses, the backbone of the U.S. economy. Employers and employees alike are ready to turn the page on this outdated view of workforce policy that weighs down the economy with mandates and regulations, and look forward to policies that foster robust employer-employee engagement to ensure the protections and rights of workers, to promote economic growth, and to create an environment where employers have the flexibility to innovate and implement policies that work for the employer, employee and customer.

We are hopeful that a new Administration will pursue a different direction than their predecessor and correct the damaging government policies and regulations in the months and years ahead. Americans need their elected representatives in Congress to step forward and stop the policies that reward well-connected insiders in Washington, D.C. and hurt Main Street USA. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue; it is a pro-worker issue.

This is why the Workforce Fairness Institute is undertaking a campaign to fight for American employees and employers by showing the public both the positive and negative actions taken by elected officials and their agents on worker and workplace policies. Not only will we undertake an aggressive public relations effort, we will also score and rank Members of Congress based on their deeds, not their words, so the public has a clear picture of who among our elected leaders is really pro-worker and pro-growth. It is time to get tough with Congress on behalf of workers. Saying the right things just doesn’t cut it. It’s time for freedom and fairness in the workplace. It’s time for action. And it is time for America’s workforce to know who are the true champions on their issues.

WFI Mission

We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace and the right to freely chose whether to organize or not. We believe that no individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. We believe that workers, management and unions, when freely elected, can and should work together to create a harmonious productive workplace environment and to jointly support policies that protect workers and support economic growth. We believe our elected leaders must do more to protect workers’ rights as well as legitimate management prerogatives; and not allow unelected government bureaucrats to make rules and stretch the law for the partisan benefit of one side and not the commonwealth.

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

Help us speak out against this woefully misguided and blatantly anti-worker legislation. Review and send the message below to your members of Congress today.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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