Workers' rights have been under attack by corporate special interests. In order to fight back, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) this week introduced the Workplace Democracy Act — legislation CWA supports that would restore workers' rights to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.
"We must no longer tolerate CEOs and managers who intimidate, threaten, or fire pro-union workers, who threaten to move plants to China if their workers vote in favor of a union, and who refuse to negotiate a first contract with workers who have voted to join unions," Sanders said. "If we are serious about reducing income and wealth inequality and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to substantially increase the number of union jobs in this country."
"Republicans like President Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continue to crack down on unions and push a special interest, corporate-driven agenda that makes it harder for middle class families to get ahead. And while they stack the deck against the American worker, unions are fighting to expand economic opportunity and strengthen the middle class," said Pocan.
The Workplace Democracy Act would end right-to-work (for less) laws; ensure that when a majority of workers in a bargaining unit sign valid authorization cards to join a union, they must have a union; stop employers from denying or delaying a first contract with workers who have voted to join a union; give workers the right to know when their employer has run an anti-union campaign; and crack down on companies that misclassify workers as independent contractors.