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  • In the Green Room: Rep. Tim Scott on Workers' Rights and the NLRB

    “I’m not really anti-union, I’m pro-worker,” Rep. Tim Scott insists. A freshman Republican from South Carolina’s first congressional district, Scott has staked out a strong position in favor of workplace democracy and union accountability.

    That hasn’t earned him much support from union leaders, who consider him “the anti-union legislator in America, especially in the South,” he told the Heritage Foundation in our latest In the Green Room interview. But rank-and-file members are open to his views, Scott said.

    But Scott noted that even his bill, the Employee Rights Act, which is reviled by union leaders, has appeal with rank-and-file members who see the rationale in actually having a say in whether their workplace is unionized.

    The ERA, explained Heritage’s James Sherk, “guarantees workers a private, informed, uncoerced vote on unionizing” and “enables employees to re-elect (or unelect) their bargaining representatives every three years.” The latter right is one currently enjoyed by only 10 percent of currently unionized workers – a full 90 percent never got the chance to vote on their union’s certification.

    Scott describes his bill as one that “empowers all employees to be part of the process of making the decisions that are necessary to say that this work place is a positive work environment for me, the employee.”

    Scott also weighed in on an important issue for his home state: the National Labor Relations Board’s lawsuit against Boeing Corporation. The NLRB, he insisted, “is not legitimate, period.”

    While Scott said he’s glad that the suit has been resolved, the manner in which it was resolved – an apparent attempt by Boeing to “appease the NLRB and the union” – is quite irksome. “I’m not quite sure it’s extortion,” he said, “but it’s a word I’ve become familiar with.”

    The interview runs about 6 minutes. Hosted by Lachlan Markay and produced by Brandon Stewart. For more videos from Heritage, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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    4 Responses to In the Green Room: Rep. Tim Scott on Workers' Rights and the NLRB

    1. Bobbie says:

      "it's the empowerment of the individuals not the apparatus around it." where the democratic party failed America and Americans.

    2. Communal bullcrap by any other name still smells as gloriously fetid and poop like as always. Chain of command in the military, in government, and in private business must remain inviolable if the missions and the system is to survive. The Corporation is NOT a democracy, the Military is NOT a democracy, and as Obama proves daily, government employment is NOT a democracy. You have the options of making recommendations, of quitting, forming a union, or of appealing to regulatory agencies, that's it!! Quality circles must remain optional, and processing fish guts will always just be: processing fish guts. Get over it and pray the "mission statement" says something like "we are committed to eventually creating an safe, odorless fish gut processing process! Disclaimer, some worms and rot are expected…"

    3. Kay says:

      Unions may or may not help people. Federal laws are not enforced. Workers do not have any rights. When you work paycheck to paycheck, you can not afford a lawyer. Bullies run this country.

    4. max says:

      We need to go back to the horse and buggy days for 5 years.People will realize whats important again.Take away the oil and we as humans will have to do whats right,help your neighbor.Everyone will see what oil is to them.The goverment can do away with all the waste,and all the free riders of welfare can chop wood to get warm.

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