Congressman Kerry Bentivolio

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Rep. Bentivolio cosponsors Employee Rights Act

Nov 27, 2013
Press Release

Rep. Bentivolio cosponsors Employee Rights Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11), announced his cosponsorship of the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 3485) today. This legislation empowers American workers and shields them from unfair treatment in the workplace.

“Workers should not be forced to join a union against their will,” said Rep. Bentivolio. “They deserve the freedom to choose and the privacy of a secret ballot, especially when the outcome could put their employment status at risk.”

The Employee Rights Act would:

-Require a majority of all union members, not simply a majority of those who cast ballots, to unionize.

-Guarantee that all employees have a right to a secret ballot election, protecting workers from coercion.

-Mandate opt-in permission for each union member to utilize his or her union dues for any activity other than collective bargaining.

-Direct all unionized workplaces to hold periodic secret ballot referendums to determine if employees wish to remain with their current union.

-Safeguard worker privacy by granting him or her the ability to opt out sharing of his or her personal information with a union during an organizing campaign.

-Prohibit unions from intimidating employees from exercising their rights, including the right to decertify a union.

-Ensure the majority of all workers in a union have a right to a secret ballot vote before a union can declare a strike. Protect employees by banning violence or the threat of violence by unions.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Workforce. To read the bill in its entirety, please click here.