GOP-Backed Bill Targets Union Elections, Fees

Law360, New York (November 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EST) -- A bill introduced Thursday by Republicans in both houses of Congress aims to make significant reforms to federal labor law, including guaranteeing secret ballot elections and requiring union members to sign off on the use of dues for purposes other than collective bargaining.

The sweeping reform bill, titled the Employee Rights Act, was introduced in the Senate by Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee members Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

“This common sense bill takes critical steps in giving individual workers the rights they deserve,” Hatch...

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