Senate and House Democrats Wednesday unveiled one of the critical tenets of their economic agenda, “A Better Deal,” that would work to strengthen labor unions, which help to ensure a stronger, more robust economy that works for all Americans — not just those at the top. The Democrats’ Better Deal proposal comes as special interests are looking to roll back worker protections in order to maximize corporate profits.
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who was on hand for the unveiling of the eight-point plan by congressional Democrats at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, said the sponsors “understand that strong unions are the best and surest way for working Americans to get ahead in an economy that’s rigged in favor of the wealthy and the powerful elite. As unions succeed, families and communities prosper.”
“For educators,” she said, “a union also gives us the freedom to advocate for the resources and tools that we know our students need to be successful — whether that’s smaller class sizes or guaranteed recess.”
Key elements of the plan are:
- Strengthen penalties on predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights, and combat misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.
- Strengthen workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions.
- Create a mandatory mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract.
- Ban state laws that undermine worker freedoms to join together and negotiate.
- Provide millions of public employees with the freedom to join a union and collectively bargain with their employers.
- Streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations.
- Protect the integrity of union elections against coercive captive audience meetings.
- Use federal purchasing power and policy to help expand opportunities to negotiate.
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Senate Democrats are rolling out another plank in their “Better Deal” platform today, a series of pro-labor reforms aimed at “strengthening the collective voice and negotiating rights of workers.” Like the rest of the Democrats’ policy proposals, the eight-part labor plank has no serious chance of passage in a Republican-controlled Congress.