Jan 152015
 

Many federal construction contracts, through the use of “project labor agreements,” require contractors to use unionized workers when building these projects. However, opponents of this policy claim these projects are more costly when only union labor is used. Supporters claim that if our federal government encourages the use of non-union labor, many states and companies will follow its example. They say this “race to the bottom” of the labor market will reduce the living standards of working Americans. Some claim these standards have already been eroded by private companies that receive taxpayer dollars for doing work for our government. Recent studies show that hundreds of billions of dollars in federal contracts, loans, grants and property leases are awarded to companies that pay low wages and provide few benefits to their employees -even as compensation for these company’s executives has soared. Critics say these companies are using taxpayer dollars to fuel our nation’s low-wage economy and increase income inequality. These companies employ at least 2 million American workers who maintain federal buildings, work in its food and vending concessions, and operate our parks, museums and much more. Advocates say there is compelling evidence showing it would be much cheaper for us to perform these jobs in-house than using private contractors. They claim significant savings would be realized even after paying these employees a living wage with benefits. In 2014, President Obama issued an executive order to increase the minimum wage paid to employees of federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

Pending Legislation:

S.109 & H.R.436 – Government Neutrality in Contracting Act

S.196 – Assuring Contracting Equity Act of 2013

H.R.882 – Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current federal labor contract policy and wish to defeat S.109 & H.R.436, S.196 and H.R.882

I support removing the requirement for union labor on federal construction projects by ensuring that bid specifications, project agreements, or other controlling documents for federal construction projects do not: require or forbid a bidder, contractor, or subcontractor to enter into or adhere to agreements with a labor organization with respect to that construction project or another related construction project, and wish to pass S.109 & H.R.436

I support increasing small business procurement of federal contracts by increasing from 23% to 25% the government-wide small business procurement contract goal, and 5% to 10% the government-wide procurement goal for small disadvantaged businesses and women-owned businesses and wish to pass S.196

I support prohibiting government contracts or grants to be issued to individuals or business entities with seriously delinquent federal tax debts; requiring the head of any executive agency: in evaluating any offer received in response to an agency solicitation for bids or proposals for a contract, to consider a certification that the offeror has a seriously delinquent tax debt to be definitive proof that the offeror is not a responsible source to do business with the federal government; and to initiate a suspension or debarment proceeding against an offeror or a grant applicant after receiving an offer for a contract or grant application that contains a certification that such person has a seriously delinquent tax debt, or after receiving information from the Secretary that a submitted certification is false, and wish to pass H.R.882

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill requiring federal agencies to evaluate the cost effectiveness of replacing private contractors with in-house services and to enact such a change if these evaluations conclude significant savings are likely

I support identifying a legislator who will require employees of federal contractors to be paid a living wage of at least $15.00/hour with benefits

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Jan 152015
 

Unions help protect the rights of workers and ensure they have a voice in company management. Organized labor unions represent more than 14 million workers – or about 11% of all American workers. Union membership has been declining for many years due to globalization and high unemployment caused by the Great Recession. We now have the lowest percentage of unionized workers since the 1930s. Union membership has also suffered from the enactment of “right-to-work” laws that have been passed by at least 25 states. Contrary to what its name implies, right-to work laws do not guarantee workers a right to work. Rather, these laws make it illegal to require employees to join a union and allow union workers to opt out of paying union dues. Advocates claim right-to-work laws were passed to limit union revenue and restrict their ability to fund political candidates and causes. They also say that workers in states where right-to-laws have been passed are paid substantially less than in states without these laws. Other advocates say that labor laws have not kept up with the changes in our society. They claim many Americans are denied workplace protections because their employers inappropriately classify them as independent contractors. They claim this prevents millions of exploited American workers from negotiating better working conditions or assuring safe and healthy work environments. Also, in order to cut costs, many American companies now employ many part-time, temporary and contract workers instead of full time employees. Usually, members of this new work force are not paid well, receive few benefits and find it difficult to organize under current labor law.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.946 – National Right-to-Work Act

I oppose reforming current labor union policy and wish to defeat H.R.946

I oppose requiring employees to join a union as a condition of employment and wish to pass H.R.946

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill requiring union members to pay membership dues

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to reform current labor law to require the rights, treatment and protection of independent contractors and part-time workers be the same as workers that are employed full-time

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Jan 152015
 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent government agency that is charged with enforcing our labor laws. It guarantees the right of employees to organize and collectively bargain with employers. The NLRB conducts elections for union representation and investigates charges of unfair employer labor practices. Unfair labor practices include interference with the formation of labor unions, encouraging or discouraging membership in a union, and refusal to bargain collectively with an employee representative. In 2011, the NLRB ruled that unions should be allowed to organize sub-units of an organization as opposed to an entire company. Opponents claim this decision creates a hardship on businesses because employers now face the possibility of negotiating and dealing with the demands of multiple so-called “micro-unions” who have different wages, hours and working conditions. Union supporters claim here are thousands of workplaces across the country where small union bargaining units already exist. They say there is nothing inappropriate, unusual or illegal about these small unions and claim efforts to overturn this NLRB rule are merely an attempt to make labor organizing more difficult.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.2347 – Representation Fairness Restoration Act

I oppose reforming current National Labor Relations Board policy and wish to defeat H.R.2347

I support reversing the 2011 National Labor Relation Board’s collective bargaining decision by replacing the current restriction in the meaning of collective bargaining unit to employer unit, craft unit, plant unit, or subdivision; requires the NLRB, instead, to determine a unit as appropriate for collective bargaining if it consists of employees that share a sufficient community of interest; prohibiting the exclusion of employees from the unit unless the interests of the group seeking a separate unit are sufficiently distinct from those of other employees to warrant the establishment of a separate unit, and wish to pass H.R.2347

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