The “Workplace Democracy Act”
On May 9, Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker—all expected Presidential contenders—along with Representative Mark Pocan introduced the deceptively named Workplace Democracy Act or WDA – S. 2810 and H.R. 5728.
The WDA would:
- strip workers’ right to private voting and secret ballots in union elections;
- codify the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial BFI joint employment standard that has threatened our country’s small and local businesses;
- curb opportunities for people to work independently through gig economy platforms or more traditional independent contractor roles;
- eliminate Right to Work protections for workers across the country, including in the 28 states that have passed Right to Work laws;
- interfere with attorney-client confidentiality and make it harder for businesses, particularly small businesses, to secure legal advice on complex labor law matters; and
- strip away “secondary boycott” protections in the law that prevent unions using their exemptions from anti-trust laws and immunity from some state laws to target business for anti-competitive reasons and purposes other than organizing.
While sponsoring the WDA will likely earn Presidential hopefuls union support in 2020, the bill is a rotten deal for workers, entrepreneurs, small and local businesses and the American economy.
Because the Workplace Democracy Act’s damaging provisions would inflict serious harm on the American workplace, on June 20, CDW launched a multi-pronged educational campaign to push back against the so-called “Workplace Democracy Act” and sent a letter signed by 128 State and National organizations to Capitol Hill strongly urging lawmakers to oppose this misguided legislation.
Letter to Lawmakers
Comparison of Big Labor’s Legislative Wishlist
As part of its efforts to educate the public, CDW launched an ad campaign along with WorkplaceDemocracyAttack.com.