Today, more than 90% of unionized workers have never voted for their union representation. This shows unions don’t always represent worker’s interests.
Thankfully, the Employee Rights Act would put rules in place to protect workers’ rights and ensure unions are there to serve members.
Here are 5 ways the bill would protect workers’ rights:
1. Recertification will now be required: This is the biggest change the act makes. This provision will make sure that unions periodically stand for reelection instead of being voted on once and staying forever. This will keep unions more accountable.
2. Unionization and recertification will require a majority vote from all workers: If employees want to start or recertify a union, they will need to obtain a majority vote from their bargaining unit, not just the members present.
3. It provides for a secret ballot: Just like every American can keep their vote to themselves, union members would be able to choose if they want a union to represent them without fear of intimidation.
4. It protects privacy of personal information: Members may opt-out of giving personal information to unions during organizing campaigns. Unions have used personal information to intimidate workers. This protection will free workers from intimidation.
5. It makes contributions for political advocacy voluntary: Today, unions can use dues from members for political activity. The act would require that unions receive opt-in permission from members before spending their dues on political advocacy.
Unions best serve their members when participation is voluntary, not coercive. These common-sense reforms would make sure workers’ rights stay intact, free from intimidation and force. But it will only pass if you make your voice heard.
Tell your lawmaker to co-sponsor the Employee Rights Act!