Co-Sponsor the Workplace Democracy Act

Official Daily Action for Friday August 23, 2019

On Wednesday, Senator Sanders announced a Labor plan based on the Workplace Democracy Act he co-sponsored with other 16 Senators, including Warren, Gillibrand, Harris and Booker. Our Reps were among 61 co-sponsors of the House version. Regardless of who each of us supports for President, this is a good bill. Today's action is to ask our members of congress to bring this bill back for the 2019 session, and push hard to get it passed.

The Workplace Democracy Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act and related labor laws to preserve workers' rights to join labor organizations and engage in collective bargaining. Specifically, it

  • prohibits employers from classifying employees as independent contractors or supervisors to avoid employee participation in union activities;

  • allows the National Labor Relation Board to certify a union, without a secret election, if it receives the consent of the majority of eligible workers;

  • requires employers to begin negotiating with a new union within 10 days of its certification;

  • prohibits coercion of employees to to participate in campaign activities unrelated to their job duties;

  • requires employers to make disclosures of anti-labor organization activities; and

  • repeals provisions allowing states to prevent labor organizations from collecting dues from nonunion workers who benefit from union representation (right to work laws).

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

    Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

    Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

    Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Script for Cantwell and Murray

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about the Workplace Democracy Act. I noticed that [Senator] didn't co-sponsor S.2810 last year. It's long past time to update the National Labor Relations Act to cover the modern labor market, including the so-called 'gig economy' of short-term workers, and to protect the rights of all workers to organize and bargain collectively. This act will go a long way to reducing income inequality.

"The bill has support from Presidential candidates Sanders, Warren Gillibrand, Harris and Booker, as well as both Senators from our neighbor Oregon. I would like [Senator] to join this group of Senators to work to reintroduce this bill, as a co-sponsor, this year and push hard to get it passed. What are her next steps? "

Script for Jayapal and Smith

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about the Workplace Democracy Act. I want to thank [Rep] for co-sponsoring HR 5728 last year, and ask [Rep] to reintroduce this bill this year. It's long past time to update the National Labor Relations Act to cover the modern labor market, including the so-called 'gig economy' of short-term workers, and to protect the rights of all workers to organize and bargain collectively. This act will go a long way to reducing income inequality. I want [Rep] to push hard to get this bill passed. What are their next steps?"

Background


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Sparkle Orchestra Plays Cal Anderson Park

Sunday Aug 25, 4-7 pm
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"Join fellow activists at Code Blue WA, Wallingford Indivisible and Sister District Puget Sound as we learn the ins and outs of making calls to voters with Guest Trainer, Sister District's Organizing Manager and Obama 2008 Field Organizer, Neal Morgan. We make our biggest impact on a close election from afar by TALKING with our voters and collecting data that helps canvassers on the ground have the right conversations with the right voters.

”Our training will be followed by hands-on experience making calls in support of our two Virginia legislature candidates Debra Rodman and Josh Cole. This event will jump-start phonebanking in and around Seattle for the final weeks of the campaign."