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ERA Takes Center Stage in Labor Debate

2035478770_be44a99e4cWisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who rose to national prominence by reforming public-employee labor law in his state, gave a major policy speech on labor relations in Las Vegas yesterday. In a wide-ranging call for reform to public and private employment law, Walker endorsed key provisions of the Employee Rights Act (ERA) and called for Congress to pass the bill “immediately.”

Our Executive Director explains some of the potential benefits the ERA could offer supporters like Gov. Walker in a Washington Examiner op-ed today. He writes:

In other words, the ERA is pretty uncontroversial stuff. For these reasons, it has enormously broad-based appeal. The eight measures poll near 80 percent approval from the American public, and are equally supported by union and non-union households. […]

That’s not to say that Big Labor and its sycophants are not without a response to the ERA. They claim it is an attack on the unions that “brought you the weekend” or “the eight hour workday.” But even conceding such vacuous responses, the ERA does not attack collective bargaining or mandatory dues in union shops. It doesn’t attack pensions, wages or benefits. Or the weekend.

The broad support for ERA’s package of reforms that would amount to the broadest reform to American labor law since 1947 is perhaps the bill’s greatest strength. With employees across America dealing with union abuses ranging from surprise “card check” organizing campaigns to intimidation of union dissidents, the ERA could not be more necessary. We echo Governor Walker’s call to Congress to immediately act on the ERA, and hope that more prominent public figures take stands in its favor.

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