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March 27, 2014                                                                 202-677-7060         

 

WFI Responds To Congress Taking On “Ambush” Elections

Co-Equal Branch Must Stop Obama Administration Payback To Union Bosses

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today responded to the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate:

The National Labor Relations Board has become little more than a vehicle to payback the union bosses who bankrolled President Obama’s campaigns.  As evidence of that, the Obama Labor Board recently re-proposed a rule that will radically alter the way workplace elections are held despite ample evidence the current process is fair and effective,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “In response to this gross overreach by the Obama Administration, the Congress has decided to act and we applaud their efforts.  Legislation introduced today in the U.S. House and Senate will ensure workers are able to make an informed decision and not be forced into unions.  Employees, not the NLRB, will also be able to decide for themselves what personal contact information is provided to labor organizers during union elections.  These are critical workplace protections that should be supported by both the Democrats and Republicans interested in defending the rights of workers across the country instead of catering to a special interest in Washington, D.C.”

BACKGROUND:

U.S. House & Senate Legislation Addressing “Ambush” Elections Introduced:

“House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN), today introduced legislation that will protect the rights of workers and employers by rolling back the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial ambush election rule.” (Press Release, “House, Senate Leaders Introduce Legislative Response to NLRB Ambush Election Rule,” U.S. House Committee On Education & The Workforce, 3/27/14)

 

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.workforcefairness.com.  

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Lauren Zelt at (202) 677-7060.

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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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