Core Provisions: This legislation would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to provide greater protections for individuals choosing to form, join or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from doing so. The bill would modify section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 157, to exclude language which makes an employee’s right to form, join, or assist labor organization, or to refrain from such activities, subject to any agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment. The bill would also modify section 8(a) of the Act to strike language that makes an employer’s inability to encourage or discourage membership in a labor organization subject to an employer’s ability to make certain agreements with labor organizations relating to conditions of employment. The bill would modify section 8(b) by removing language that makes it an unfair labor practice for a labor organization to discriminate against an employee whose membership has been denied on some ground other than failure to pay dues, and by striking language that protects only employees covered by an agreement from being required to pay excessive or discriminatory fees. The proposed changes would also modify section 8(f) by striking language that deals with an employer in the building and construction industry’s ability to make agreements dealing with employees engaged with a labor organization.
This legislation would modify the Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. § 152, by removing paragraph Eleventh, which permits unions to make agreements to ensure the security of the union.
Status: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced the bill on November 18, 2009. It was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor that same day.