FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2018
CONTACT: Ryan Williams
Workforce Fairness Institute Issues Initial Round Of Congressional Scores
Scorecard Serves As Opportunity To Show American Workers Their Elected Leaders Are Paying Attention
Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) – an organization devoted to educating workers, their employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace – today issued its initial round of Congressional scores rating all Members of Congress.
In its scorecard, WFI measured votes by Members of Congress, in addition to co-sponsorship of pivotal legislation affecting workplaces. In the current and inaugural scorecard, surveying legislative activity in 2017, the average rating in the U.S. House of Representatives for 2017 was 27 percent. And in the Senate, the average sat at 34 percent.
The scores show labor-related issues require additional attention meaning up-or-down votes on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate. Each Member of Congress has the ability to lead on workplace legislation, such as the Employee Rights Act (ERA), which would guarantee workers the right to a secret ballot, ensure employees can properly weigh their options during union elections and require permission for labor to access dues for political purposes.
Just as important, in light of the National Labor Relations Board order vacating its previous decision and placing back in force the joint-employer standard, which holds businesses liable for employment violations of which they have no direct control, it is time for Congressional passage of the Save Local Business Act as it has bipartisan support and restores workers’ rights.
WFI spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement in response to the organization’s scorecard issuance, “We believe the Workforce Fairness Institute’s scorecard fairly analyzes the records of elected officials in Congress on issues related to the workplace and is long overdue. While there is much work left to ensure legislation addressed in committees makes it to the chamber floor, there are various Members who merit acknowledgement for their work, including Chairwoman Foxx, and Representatives Byrne and Walberg, as well as Chairman Alexander, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Senator Majority Whip Cornyn, and Senators Scott and Risch. We encourage Congress to view our scorecard as an opportunity to show American workers they are paying attention to workplace issues, and advancing policies encouraging greater freedoms and fairness.”
In 2018, WFI will once again score Members of Congress on workplace issues looking for legislative champions ready, willing and able to fight for the American worker by passing legislation that fosters job creation, while protecting workers and businesses from undue government interference.
To access the scorecard, click here.
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: http://www.workforcefairness.com.
To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.