National Right-to-Work Act Introduced

Two hands shaking with paper and laptop in background.On Wednesday, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) re-introduced the National Right-to-Work Act (H.R. 4107).  The stated purpose of this bill is “to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.” Specifically, this bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA) to repeal the provisions in these Acts that permit employers, pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement that is a union security agreement, to require employees to join a union as a condition of employment, and require the payroll deduction of union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate during the 109th and 110th Congresses, but failed to gain sufficient traction. The current bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

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