Congressman Steve King released the following statement after reintroducing the Truth in Employment Act, H.R. 1746. The bill would address a nefarious union practice called "salting," in which professional union organizers and agents seek employment at competing non-union companies for the sole purpose of unionizing the company or to drum up frivolous accusations of "unfair labor practices." Current labor law has been interpreted in a way that does not allow businesses to refuse to employ individuals whose only goal is to damage their company. The Truth in Employment Act would clarify that employers do not have to hire workers who are working on others' behalf to damage their company.
"Every day, non-union businesses across America are targeted in various ways by Big Labor, and current law makes companies largely powerless to combat these attacks," said King. "The Truth in Employment Act would help restore the balance of rights between employers, employees, and labor unions by ensuring that employers are not forced to hire individuals who only want to damage their company.
These 'salting' activities should not be confused with legitimate union organizing, and companies should not be forced to 'play dumb' and hire people working on behalf of their competitors. The Truth in Employment Act will go a long way towards protecting small businesses from sabotage, extortion, and frivolous lawsuits, and it should be enacted immediately as a common-sense clarification to federal labor law."
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