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Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CARNAHAN. Why aren't we talking about jobs today? We are here on the floor to talk about this bill, this so-called Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. Not surprisingly, it is neither democratic nor fair. It is, in fact, a blatant attack on workers' rights, the latest in a long line of Republican assaults on workers. This time the right wing is attacking the very right to organize.

Labor unions helped create the middle class and build the American dream. They helped establish for all American workers much-needed protections and bargaining rights for wages and workforce conditions. This bill would undo that progress.

The anti-worker bill would also empower employers to engage in anti-union campaigns and weaken the NLRB and their ability to protect people from unfair treatment at work.

Just as voters in Wisconsin and Ohio stood together to stop the Republican assault on workers, today I stand here on the floor against yet another assault on working families. When will we get beyond yet another Republican sideshow and get back to talking about jobs?


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