On Tuesday, presidential candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he, and ten Senate co-sponsors, would introduce the Workplace Democracy Act (S. 2142). The bill — a verbatim reiteration of two provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act in the 110th & 111th Congresses — would:

  • certify a union as the exclusive bargaining representative based on a card check process rather than the current preferred method of NLRB secret ballot election; and
  • allow a third-party arbitrator to impose wages, benefits, hours, work rules and other contract terms on parties unable to negotiate a contract in 120 days.

Fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (S. 1041) in the 110th Congress, but does not appear to have gone on record on Senator Sanders’ recently re-branded proposal.  Perhaps the participants will be asked about the issue at the upcoming Democratic candidates debate.

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