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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Truth in Employment Act of 2009 (S.1227)

Truth in Employment Act of 2009 (S.1227)

Core Provisions: The bill would amend Section 8(a) of the National Labor Relations Act to empower employers to refuse employment to “professional union organizers and agents” when the primary objective of these job applicants or employees is not employment.  The bill targets the practice of union “salting,” in which union organizers seek employment with a nonunion business with the intent to unionize the company’s workforce.  Currently, “salts” are considered “employees” and, accordingly, are afforded the protections of the Act.   The bill would remove such protection for these job applicants and employees by not requiring an employer to employ “any person who seeks or has sought employment with the employer in furtherance of other employment or agency status.”  The stated purpose of the bill is to avoid workplace disruption and end employer harassment.

Status: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced the bill on June 10, 2009, and it was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.  A similar bill was introduced on the same day in the House by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), which was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.