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CDW STATEMENT: BUSINESS LEADERS RESPOND TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S REMARKS ON UNION ORGANIZING

President’s Remarks Come As U.S. House Of Representatives Prepares To Vote On The PRO Act, Which Would Enable Union Organizers To Intimidate And Threaten Employees

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry, released the following statement today in response to President Joe Biden’s remarks yesterday regarding union organizing where he said, “It’s a vitally important choice – one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers. Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.”

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“We agree with President Biden that employees should have the choice to join a union without ‘intimidation or threats’ of any kind, but unfortunately the PRO Act, which Democratic leaders in the House are putting to a vote in the coming days, would enable union organizers to deploy intimidation and threatening tactics against workers.

“The PRO Act would force employers to hand over personal contact information of employees to union organizers, even for those employees who have no interest in joining the union. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers will now have the ability to harass and bully employees. They could show up at their home, spam them on email and even bully them on social media. The PRO Act is incredibly short-sighted, especially given growing concerns regarding privacy in this country.

“In an attempt to increase union membership at any cost, the bill would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy and association, destroy businesses as they struggle to survive during the pandemic, and threaten entire industries that have fueled innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.”

“With this legislation, Democratic leadership is attempting to implement Obama-era labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system and/or opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress.”

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID pandemic, this bill would force businesses to close permanently and lay off workers. Bottomline, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose their job and important employee rights if the PRO Act becomes law.”

 

Click here for more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act.

 

About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.

 

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STATEMENT: PRO ACT WILL FORCE BUSINESSES TO CLOSE & EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK ACROSS THE U.S.

Legislation Would Diminish Employees’ Rights & Threaten Job Creation Nationwide

 

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry, released the following statement today in response to the pending introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in Congress this week.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“In an attempt to increase union membership at any cost, the bill would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy and association, destroy businesses, particularly small ones, and threaten entire industries that have fueled innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.”

“With this legislation, Congressional Democrats are attempting to implement Obama-era labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis and/or abandoned by the agencies asked to enforce them.”

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID pandemic, this bill would force businesses to close permanently and cost workers their livelihoods. Bottomline, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose their job and important employee rights if this bill is enacted.”

Click here for more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act.

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About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.

CDW Files Comments on NLRB Election Privacy Proposal

Washington, D.C. – On September 28, CDW filed comments in support of the NLRB’s election privacy proposed rule. As our comments explain, the coalition supports the Board’s decision to rescind provisions of its 2014 rule requiring disclosure of employee addresses and phone numbers – provisions that threatened to infringe on employees’ privacy rights and needlessly exposed them to coercion and intimidation. Additionally, CDW’s comments support the Board’s proposal to allow employees engaged in military service to vote via absentee ballots but suggests necessary alterations to provide protections for employers.

CDW Statement on Republican Opposition to Electronic Union Election Voting

Washington, D.C. – On June 30, Republican leaders on the House Education and Labor Committee, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to the Chairman and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board opposing efforts by Democrats to force the Board to hold union elections electronically.

CDW applauds Reps. Foxx and Walberg for their efforts to stop Democrats’ assault on workers’ free choice and right to privacy. As the letter clarifies, “Electronic voting would create one more opportunity for union organizers to intimidate and coerce workers at their homes, in public, and elsewhere, and provide another conduit for workers’ personal information to be compromised.”

In-person voting remains the fairest, safest, and most effective means on holding union representation elections. CDW strongly encourages the NLRB to heed the representatives’ warning and continue to protect workers’ rights.

ICYMI: “Kuster & Pappas Willing To Sacrifice NH Privacy For Political Favors”

Unions were established to safeguard worker’s rights and they can play an important role in protecting those rights. However, too often Big Labor promotes legislation that hurts workers and the businesses that employ them. Most recently, Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representatives passed — with the votes of Representatives Anne Kuster and Chris Pappas — the deceptively named Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which is loaded with radical provisions that would not only undermine Right-to-Work laws, but also infringe on worker privacy and freedom of choice.

ICYMI: “Forcing workers to join unions is not the American way — and certainly not the SC way”

America is experiencing record unemployment, robust economic growth and historically strong wage increases thanks to the pro-growth policies of President Donald Trump. These trends are the same in South Carolina, and we should be proud of that.

Given these encouraging trends, the last thing we should do is introduce expansive and disruptive new laws that would undermine our nationwide economic prosperity. Unfortunately, however, the Democrats in Congress have other ideas.

CDW Statement on NLRB’s Joint Employer Final Rule

Washington, DC – On February 25, the NLRB issued its Final Rule on the joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act. The Final Rule reinstates the traditional joint-employer standard while further clarifying the standard by providing valuable definitions for key terms.

CDW applauds the Board for finding a comprehensive solution to this complex issue. This Final Rule ensures employers have the stability and predictability necessary to run their businesses, continue to expand, and create more jobs. This bright line rule provides employers and employees alike with clear understanding of how the joint-employer standard will be implemented and interpreted. It successfully ensures employers are held accountable to their employees while protecting them from wrongful liability.

ICYMI: “The PRO Act won’t do anything to help workers. It’s a plan to empower Dems’ Big Labor allies: Andy Puzder”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at it again and Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren are all with her. Last week, the Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a bill designed solely to empower the Democrats’ Big Labor allies.

ICYMI: “Big Labor’s Payoff Day”

The House passes the most sweeping pro-union bill since the Wagner Act.

ICYMI: “Liberals in Congress seek to punish right-to-work states, strangle gig economy”

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bring to the House floor H.R. 2474, which would do just that.