House Subcommittee Holds Labor Law Reform Hearing

March 29, 2019

House Democrats launched their effort to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the current state of labor law and identify proposals that would “hold employers that violate the law accountable, protect collective action, and modernize labor laws for a changing economy.”

Hearing witnesses included three union proponents and an attorney from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), chair of the House Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said “if Congress is truly on the side of American workers, we must protect their right to bargain for better wages and better working conditions.”

Ranking member Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said “while we agree that federal labor law is in need of reform, the title of today’s hearing is premised on a fallacy: that workers’ right to organize and join a union is, in some way, in jeopardy.”

Takeaway:  The hearing likely precedes the reintroduction of the Workplace Democracy Act, which revives the card check union election proposal.  While House Education and Labor Committee action is likely in this Congress, additional action is uncertain.