The House passed legislation aimed at strengthening workers’ rights to unionize in a vote of 225 to 206 parties Tuesday night.
The Law for the Protection of the Right to Organize, presented by Rep. Bobby scottRobert (Bobby) Cortez Scott This week: Congress is set to send a .9 trillion coronavirus bill to Biden NASA names headquarters building after House Democrats’ first black female engineer of Representatives keep the minimum wage increase on the COVID-19 relief bill for Friday’s vote MORE (D-Va.) – would implement sanctions on companies that violate labor law and crack down on right-to-work laws in 27 states by blocking laws that allow employees not to pay union dues.
The bill also seeks to change the way workers are classified and includes language intended to ensure that workers are not denied rights because of their immigration status.
Advocates argue that it is a necessary step to ensure that workers are not denied protections in the workplace.
“Unions are essential to rebuilding America’s middle class and improving the lives of workers and their families. Unfortunately, over the past 70 years, union membership has fallen to the lowest level since the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was first enacted. This decrease is not the result of workers’ elections. It is clearly obvious that the NLRA is too weak to defend workers’ rights against escalating anti-union attacks by wealthy special interests, ”Scott said in a statement.
“The Protection of the Right to Organize Act makes the most important updates to the NLRA in 85 years by providing new tools to protect workers from intimidation and retaliation, by introducing meaningful penalties for companies that violate workers’ rights. and allow workers to stay free and fair and safe union elections. “
The measure received strong backlash from Republicans, who argued that it would place unnecessary burdens on businesses and have a detrimental impact on the number of jobs.
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“I heard the Democrats argue that it is the unions that built the middle class,” he said before the vote. “No, the unions did not build the middle class. Entrepreneurs and individual workers in this country built the middle class, and what this bill does is take away their freedom. “
The legislation faces an uphill battle in the upper house, where it would need to get 60 votes to become law.