Harder Passes Amendment to Prevent Union Busting
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) passed his amendment through the House Education and Labor Committee which would crack-down on employers who attempt to intimidate workers interested in forming a union. The amendment improves the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which is designed to protect workers from unfair wages, substandard benefits, and dangerous work conditions.
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“Big corporations have gotten away with union busting for too long – it’s caused a decline in the power of working people and the weakening of the Middle Class – that stops now,” said Rep. Harder. “My legislation will empower the National Labor Relations Board to crack down on union busting and make employers think twice about threatening to fire workers who want to organize.”
"For far too long, corporate CEOs have taken advantage of a rigged system to deny working people their fundamental right to stand together in a union,” said Tim Robertson, Executive Director, North Valley Labor Federation. “Outdated labor laws and aggressive corporate anti-union campaigns are responsible for diminishing the power Valley workers have in our economy, making the American Dream even harder to achieve. The PRO Act – strengthened by Rep. Harder’s amendment – gives working people a fair shot to join unions so they can negotiate better wages, decent benefits and stronger safety measures on the job. Valley workers deserve every opportunity to get ahead so they can build a better future for their families. We appreciate Rep. Harder’s leadership in fighting back against union-busting.”
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) makes it illegal for employers to intimidate workers considering the formation of a union. However, the punishment for violating the law is incredibly weak. Offending employers are simply required to post a notice admitting to anti-union tactics “in conspicuous places” or otherwise notifying its workers and promising not to engage in the illegal tactics again. It also does not impose stricter penalties on employers who repeatedly violate the law. Recent high-profile cases of employee intimidation have resulted in an NLRB complaint, but at most, the offender will only be required to post a notice alerting employees to his violation of law.
Rep. Harder’s amendment will empower the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to fine employers who violate the law up to $50,000 consistent with the severity of their intimidation.