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February 28, 2018
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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.

 

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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.

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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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