The legislation is part of a broader effort by Republicans and conservatives to rewrite federal labor law by emphasizing individual worker rights and giving them more options to say no to joining or working with unions. The effort likely would weaken labor organizations by draining them of members and dues money.
“The Current Employee Representation Act will provide union members more representation, as their views may differ from decisions made decades ago especially in the rapidly modernizing workforce of today. This legislation also gives union employees more power to be heard and hold the higher-up decision makers within unions more accountable to the rank and file,” said Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., chief sponsor of the legislation. Co-sponsors include Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Joe Wilson, R-S.C.