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ERA Support Hits New Heights

Keep an eye on the Employee Rights Act (ERA), which would substantially update American labor law for the first time since the 1940s. Gaining congressional co-sponsors by the week, the ERA received a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing last year and is now moving closer to a House floor vote in 2018.

To date, nearly 180 members of the Senate and House support the ERA—its highest level of congressional support since first being introduced in 2011. You can see the full list of co-sponsors here.

According to national and regional polls, roughly 80 percent of Americans—including those in union households—support the bill’s key provisions. The Heritage FoundationAmericans for Prosperity, and more than 50 other free-market organizations have endorsed the ERA.

With eight pro-employee reforms, the ERA would require union officials to obtain opt-in permission before spending member dues on political advocacy. From 2010 to 2016, labor unions sent more than $1.1 billion in member dues to anti-Republican advocacy groups—without prior member approval. The ERA would also guarantee secret ballot union elections and periodic recertification votes, among other provisions.

Americans are ready for labor reform. The ERA is an idea whose time has come.

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