As we briefly mentioned last week, Senate Republicans will very likely seek to revamp federal labor law should they gain control of the Senate in November. While the numbers are tight, politicos expect Republicans to take back the Senate from Democratic control. If this occurs, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will likely reintroduce key measures from a previous bill styled the Employee Rights Act (ERA).
The possible current legislation would likely mirror the ERA’s provision prohibiting labor unions from using member dues for political activities unless a given member gave the union permission to do so. More importantly, the new bill would require all union elections to be conducted by secret ballot.
“With Alexander as chair of the labor committee and Mitch McConnell as majority leader, it’s safe to say that reining in Obama’s Big Labor agenda will be a top priority for both of them,” said a senior Senate GOP aide.
Politicos predict that the President would veto the Bill even if it did pass the Senate. However, other experts maintain that the longer the National Labor Relations Board and union activity remain in the public eye, the more likely it is that Republicans will be able to pass labor reforms should the GOP win the presidency in 2016.
This is not the first time Republicans have considered changing the labor landscape. A little over a month ago, legislation was introduced that would have added another member to the five-person National Labor Relations Board. Under that scenario, both parties would be able to select three nominees.