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Protect workers. Support the Employee Rights Act

Posted: January 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm   /   by

A lot of people don’t understand the truth behind unions. Ask a random person walking down the street what unions do and you’re likely to get an answer along the lines of, “Unions are there to protect workers.”

But are they? Are they really?



Information on the Employee Rights Act from

It’s been more than 50 years since Congress overhauled America’s labor laws. During the following decades, we’ve witnessed a workplace revolution that has fostered innovation, opportunity, and flexibility for America’s 150 million member strong workforce. Despite this, labor union leaders continue to cling to outdated labor laws that stifle job creation and trample employees rights.

It is time we reform our labor laws to put employees’ rights first, not self-interested labor union leaders. Now is the time for the Employee Rights Act.

The legislation would:

  • Secret Ballot Elections — Guarantee employees the right to a secret ballot election when choosing whether or not to join a union.
  • Union Recertification Elections — Require that all unionized workplaces hold a secret ballot referendum every three years to determine whether the employees wish to remain represented by their current union.
  • Paycheck Protection — Give employees the right to refuse support for a unions’ political operations or support of political parties or candidates.
  • Standardized Election Timing — Require unions and employers to give employees a minimum of 40 days to hear from both sides when deciding whether or not to join a union.
  • Decertification Coercion Prevention — Strengthen the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit unions from intimidating or coercing employees from exercising their rights, including their right to decertify the union.
  • Secret Ballot Strike Vote — Give employees the right to a secret ballot vote before union leaders can declare a strike.
  • Criminalizes Union Threats — Forbid unions from using violence, or threats thereof, in an effort to coerce employees.
Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook

Protect workers. Support the Employee Rights Act