Letter: Labor law needs update


America has a lot to celebrate on her birthday.

But she’s not perfect: American labor law hasn’t been substantially updated since the 1940s—when Harry Truman was president and Frank Sinatra dominated the Billboard Top 100.

That’s why the Employee Rights Act (ERA)—labor legislation before Congress right now—is so important. The ERA would update federal labor law to protect employees in the workplace, guaranteeing secret ballot union elections and shielding the workforce from union threats and intimidation. With eight pro-employee provisions, the bill transfers power from union bosses to everyday employees—especially dues-paying union members.

It’s no wonder the ERA enjoys such broad-based appeal. The bill is now co-sponsored by more than 160 members of Congress and supported by 80 percent of Americans—including those in union households.

The Employee Rights Act is an idea whose time has come.

— Richard Berman, executive director, Center for Union Facts

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