Thursday, November 14, 2013
Price Introduces the "Employee Rights Act"
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 3485) today which empowers American workers and shields them from unfair treatment in the workplace. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.
"Employees are entitled to the right to a secret ballot, to see their paycheck used as they intended and to join a labor union only if they want to do so," Congressman Price said. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 7 percent of private-sector union members voted for the union in their current workplace. This has left countless workers without a choice. Our plan would empower America's workers and increase the options available to them."
The Employee Rights Act would:
- Require a majority of all union members, not simply a majority of those who cast ballots, to unionize.
- Guarantee that all employees have a right to a secret ballot election, protecting workers from coercion.
- Mandate opt-in permission for each union member to utilize his or her union dues for any activity other than collective bargaining.
- Direct all unionized workplaces to hold periodic secret ballot referendums to determine if employees wish to remain with their current union.
- Safeguard worker privacy by granting him or her the ability to opt out sharing of his or her personal information with a union during an organizing campaign.
- Prohibit unions from intimidating employees from exercising their rights, including the right to decertify a union.
- Ensure the majority of all workers in a union have a right to a secret ballot vote before a union can declare a strike.
- Protect employees by banning violence or the threat of violence by unions.
Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He is also the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, as well as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area.