Today, as we relax with family and friends on Labor Day, I am honored to have introduced the Employee Rights Act which is focused on protecting individual workers.
What this legislation is intended to do is simply allow workers the freedom of association. To be very clear, this does not outlaw unions or make it more difficult to join one; this legislation would give very basic protections to individuals who wish to preserve a more autonomous relationship with their employer.
This is not and should not be a Republican or Democrat issue. National polling shows broad, bipartisan support for the common sense measures included in this bill. Folks agree that workplaces should hold periodic Union Certification Elections, the right to a Secret Ballot, employee privacy from unions, and criminalizing threats. I think if folks in Washington put aside political agendas, we could make some serious headway on protecting the individual in the workplace.
Even amongst union households, the support is deep and wide for the provisions in the ERA:
In Congress, our main objective should be to foster an economic climate of growth and opportunity for all American workers and families. This legislation allows workers the liberty to maintain and embrace their rights as individuals in the workplace. That is something we should all be able to get behind.
Have a very safe and happy Labor Day.