Legislation introduced to protect workers from scabs
Two labor-friendly pieces of legislation that would prohibit discrimination against workers during and after labor disputes were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in August.
In effect, the bills would prevent workers who participate in strikes or other labor disputes from losing their jobs because of their participation.
The bills, S. 1107 and H.R. 2320, would "amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to prevent discrimination based on participation in labor disputes." The bills would amend paragraph 4 of section 2 of the Railway Labor Act and eliminate the permanent replacement of workers involved in labor disputes.
S. 1107 was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
H.R. 2320 was introduced by Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) and was referred to both the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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