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When working people come together, they make things better for everyone. Joining together in unions enables workers to negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve conditions in the workplace. There are millions of union members in America from all walks of life. These individuals know that by speaking up together, you can accomplish more than you could on your own.
Building Power for Working People
A union is you and your co-workers coming together as a team to make improvements at your workplace.
Union members work together to negotiate and enforce a contract with management that guarantees the things you care about like decent raises, affordable health care, safer workplaces, job security and a stable schedule.
There is a union for every type of career. There are unions for NFL players, lobstermen and sitcom actors, and many other professions. No matter what profession you are in, you deserve to make ends meet, have a good life and plan for the future.
Advocate for Social and Economic Justice
The gains working people make at the bargaining table are strengthened by good laws that protect against exploitation. Corporations use laws to increase their profits by weakening working people’s rights and safety. The legacy of strong unions has led to weekends, overtime pay and the end of child labor. That’s why union members continue to raise their voices to be heard from the worksite to the White House.
We are a watchdog for working people.
Voice of the People
Unions give a unified voice for all working people by advocating for legislation and regulations that keep us safer, healthier, and enjoying a higher quality of life. Many union members are politically engaged. We advocate for the public servants who will best serve the interests of working people at all levels of government. Together, we are re-writing the rules of the economy, so they benefit the 99% instead of the wealthy few.
We also advocate for an expansion of voting rights. We need to make participatory democracy easier and stop the racist laws that keep all people from accessing their right to vote.
Links LEGISLATIVE ACTION 116TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION H. R. ll To provide that certain Executive Orders with respect to Federal employee collective bargaining shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. KILMER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on llllllllllllll A BILL To provide that certain Executive Orders with respect to Federal employee collective bargaining shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Protecting Collective 5 Bargaining and Official Time for Federal Workers Act’’. 6 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. 7 Congress finds the following: VerDate Mar 15 2010 09:47 Mar 04, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\MSJOYNER\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\KILMWA_04 March 4, 2020 (9:47 a.m.) G:\M\16\KILMWA\KILMWA_045.XML g:\VHLC\030420\030420.009.xml (756526|2) 2 1 (1) Federal Unions play a critical role in pro2 tecting the rights of Federal workers by allowing 3 members to have a collective voice on the job and in 4 the legislative process, advance issues for working 5 families, ensure equal opportunities for all workers, 6 and raise the standards by which all professional 7 and technical workers are employed. 8 (2) Collective bargaining is essential to the 9 union process, because it provides mutual agreement 10 between all parties that fosters harmonious relation11 ships between the Federal Government and its em12 ployees and protects the interest of both parties. 13 (3) The current administration has acted 14 through Executive Orders and official memorandums 15 to dismantle Federal Unions and undermine their 16 collective bargaining rights across the Federal work17 force and these directives have already negatively 18 impacted labor contracts, both signed and under ac19 tive negotiation. 20 (4) These orders set an aggressive schedule for 21 unions to engage in collective bargaining, while also 22 slashing the unions official time for performing 23 union duties by over 91 percent in some cases. 24 These actions are limiting the ability for unions to VerDate Mar 15 2010 09:47 Mar 04, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\MSJOYNER\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\KILMWA_04 March 4, 2020 (9:47 a.m.) G:\M\16\KILMWA\KILMWA_045.XML g:\VHLC\030420\030420.009.xml (756526|2) 3 1 prepare for negotiations and perform their legally re2 quired employee representational duties. 3 (5) Section 7101(a) of title 5, United States 4 Code, states, ‘‘Congress finds that labor organiza5 tions and collective bargaining in the civil service are 6 in the public interest.’’. Attempting to eliminate the 7 Union by eliminating almost all its official time re8 pudiates the statutory position that unions are in 9 the public interest. 10 (6) Through these orders, agencies are required 11 to comply with artificial bargaining schedules, which 12 undermine good faith negotiations and divert the de13 cision-making to an impasse panel, which has no 14 union representation on it and does not represent 15 both parties. 16 (7) Collectively, the administration’s actions 17 have violated Congressional intent, undermined the 18 ability of unions to engage in collective bargaining, 19 and threatened the rights and benefits of millions of 20 Federal workers. VerDate Mar 15 2010 09:47 Mar 04, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\MSJOYNER\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\KILMWA_04 March 4, 2020 (9:47 a.m.) G:\M\16\KILMWA\KILMWA_045.XML g:\VHLC\030420\030420.009.xml (756526|2) 4 1 SEC. 3. NULLIFICATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS RELATING 2 TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEE COLLECTIVE BAR3 GAINING. 4 Each of the following Executive Orders and presi5 dential memorandum are rescinded and shall have no force 6 or effect: 7 (1) Executive Order 13837 (relating to the use 8 of official time). 9 (2) Executive Order 13836 (relating to Federal 10 collective bargaining). 11 (3) Executive Order 13839 (relating to the 12 Merit Systems Protection Board). 13 (4) The Presidential Memorandum on the Dele14 gation of Certain Authority under the Federal Serv15 ice Labor-Management Relations Statute, issued to 16 the Secretary of Defense on January 29, 2020.