RESPECT Act Being Sold As Something It Isn’t

By October 18, 2007Labor Unions

James Sherk at the Heritage Foundation has a new paper out on the Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers, or RESPECT Act, which would add more expensive and obstructive workrules to the law, driving up the costs of business but pour millions of more dollars into union dues. Which is what organized labor really respects…

Under federal law, unions cannot organize supervisors, but legislation favored by Organized Labor–the Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers (H.R. 1644, S. 969), or RESPECT Act–would dramatically limit which workers the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) classifies as supervisors. Unions see the legislation as a fix to a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that clarified the definition of a supervisor and slightly increased the number of workers considered supervisors. In contrast, the RESPECT Act would make virtually all employees non-supervisors for NLRA purposes. This would allow unions to collect tens of millions of dollars in compulsory dues from supervisors, open the door to massive litigation, and harm companies, which need supervisors without divided loyalties to run effectively. Congress should reject calls to change the legal definition of a supervisor.

The bills are H.R. 1644 and S. 969.

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  • DS says:

    What about those of us “Supervisors” for Companies who in effect have no subordinates? On paper we are members of Management, or so-called Supervisors, but we are the ones performing the work with no one working under our “Supervisory” veil. We are offered no protections in doing our Professional careers from the misguided direction of higher ranking members of Management…should we not be able to protect our jobs as well???

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