Tuberville Joins Tim Scott, Colleagues to Protect Workers and Small Business Owners

“This bill empowers small business owners and their employees to guide their own careers and support their families however they see fit.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined U.S. Senator Tim Scott and Republican colleagues in both chambers of Congress to introduce legislation this week to protect workers and support small business owners by modernizing our nation’s labor policies to match the needs of the 21st century worker and workforce. The Employee Rights Act of 2023 would promote growth and innovation by ensuring our laws protect workers rather than union bosses while letting Americans keep more of what they earn.

“This country owes every American one thing: the opportunity to make a better life,” said Senator Tuberville. “That opportunity is made possible by a good job. Jobs in our country are created by hardworking small business owners, not union bosses. Every worker has the right to decide if joining a union is the best decision for their career. And small business owners need stability and a reliable workforce. This bill empowers small business owners and their employees to guide their own careers and support their families however they see fit.”

The Employee Rights Act of 2023 would:

  • Guarantee that a majority of all employees have a right to a secret paper ballot election when deciding whether to unionize
  • Require unions to receive opt-in permission from each member to use his or her union dues for purposes other than collective bargaining (e.g., political support).
  • Limit the amount of employee personal information a union receives during an organizing drive.
  • Keep the federal definition of an “employee” in line with the common-law definition used by several state statutes and recent Supreme Court rulings.

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The legislation is cosponsored by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Dr. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-SD), and U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Ted Budd (R-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and James Risch (R-ID).

The Employee Rights Act of 2023 is endorsed by the following groups: 

Associated Builders and Contractors                                                             

American Experiment                                                                                          

Alaska Policy Forum

Americans for Prosperity                                                                               

Americans for Tax Return                                                                                  

ALEC Action

Beacon Impact

California Business and Industrial Alliance

California Policy Center

Center for Union Facts

Center for Individual Freedom

Club for Growth

Commonwealth Foundation

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Freedom Foundation

Heritage Action for America

Independent Women’s Voice

Institute for the American Worker

International Franchise Association

Job Creators Network

The LIBRE Initiative

Mackinac Public Policy Center

Maine Policy Institute

National Association of Manufacturers

National Federation of Independent Businesses

National Restaurant Association

National Taxpayers Union

Nevada Policy Research Institute

Open Competition Center

Retail Industry Leaders Association

RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity

US Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Workplace Policy Institute

  Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.