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Chairman Scott Statement on PRO Act Provisions in Budget Agreement

07.14.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement reporting that key provisions from the PRO Act are included in the Senate budget agreement. "The Senate needs to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) Act in its entirety, but any step we can take to defend workers' rights is meaningful. Based on past precedent, there is good reason to believe important PRO Act provisions can pass through the Budget reconciliation process, and I applaud their i… Continue Reading

Committee Report Details Years-Long Attacks on Workers’ Rights, Unions by Trump Administration’s NLRB

10.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor released a report chronicling the attacks on workers' rights and unions by the Trump administration's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The report compiles years of Committee oversight and details how the NLRB, the federal agency charged with protecting most private sector workers' right to organize, has been plagued by corruption, conflicts, and crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that far too many workers do not have ac… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott: NLRB’s Joint Employer Rule Erodes Workers’ Most Basic Workplace Rights

02.25.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a final rule to narrow its standard for determining whether two or more entities are joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act. "Workers can only negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions if all companies with control over their employment are required to be at th… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Celebrates the House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

02.06.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act [224-194]. "Today, House Democrats advanced the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is a bold proposal that makes necessary changes to protect and strengthen workers' power in the workplace. "When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have higher pay, be… Continue Reading

House and Senate Democrats Unveil Landmark Legislation to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

05.02.19   WASHINGTON - Today, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act-comprehensive legislation to strengthen protections for workers' right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As wage inequality continues to leave workers and middle-class families behind, this legislation would empower millions of Americans to stand together and ensure hardworking people are getting their fair share of economic growt… Continue Reading

As Inequality Reaches Highest Levels Since The Great Depression, Senate & House Democrats Introduce New Legislation To Provide A Better Deal For American Workers

06.13.18   WASHINGTON- Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), introduced legislation as part of their economic agenda, "A Better Deal." As the income inequality gap reaches the highest levels since the Great Depression, many middle class families are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve basic economic se… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision Undermining Employees’ Rights to Collective Action

05.21.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis. "The National Labor Relations Act guarantees workers the right to collectively stand together to improve their wages and working conditions. However, today the Supreme Court ignored the plain text of the law and held that employers may force workers into signing arbitration agreements that waive the right to pursue work-related claims t… Continue Reading

Scott, Committee Democrats Join More than 180 House Members to Press for Stronger NAFTA Labor Standards

01.24.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) joined 183 House Members in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer raising concerns about the need to address Mexico's labor conditions in NAFTA renegotiations. The Members urged the administration to negotiate provisions that address Mexico's policies of wage suppression and lack of independent unions, which leads to unfair competition for U.S. workers and outsourcing. "Trade agreements must ensure that as trade and compe… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on NLRB’s Proposed Rollback of “Fair Election” Rule

12.12.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it will issue a Request for Information on whether to rescind its 2014 "Fair Election" Rule, which modernized the NLRB process for union representation elections. "The National Labor Relations Board voted 3-2 to issue a Request for Information on whether to rescind or modify the 2014 Fair Election Rule. This Rule i… Continue Reading

Scott, Committee Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Freedom to Join Unions

12.06.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, along with Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Congressman Gregorio Sablan (MP-AL), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) introduced H.R. 4548, the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy Act of 2017, or the … Continue Reading

Scott Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Hear Challenge to Public Sector Unions

09.28.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its decision to grant certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This case considers whether to overturn 40 years of precedent established in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which upheld the requirement that state and local government employees who object to paying for union representation may be required to pay fees to cover the cost of representation: "Since 1977, following the Ab… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Champion Innovation and Worker Protections at Sharing Economy Hearing

09.06.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Education and the Workforce Committee held a full committee hearing on "The Sharing Economy: Creating Opportunities for Innovation and Flexibility." At today's hearing Committee Democrats explored when it is fair, appropriate, and legal for sharing economy companies to classify workers as independent contractors. Committee Democrats also considered whether the independent contractor paradigm prevailing in the sharing economy and other industries reflects what the future … Continue Reading

Cicilline, Top Dems to Sessions: Don’t Attack Workers’ Rights

07.06.17   WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, today called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop taking away the rights of working people to collectively hold their employers accountable for wage theft, employment discrimination, and other unlawful workplace conduct. Cicilline was joined by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), House Educa… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Denounce Republican Proposals to Roll Back Working People’s Right to Bargain for Better Wages

06.29.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Republicans on the Education and the Workforce Committee voted unanimously to advance three anti-union bills that sabotage workers' ability to organize and collectively bargain for better wages. At the same time, they blocked Democrats' efforts to enact legislation that would give 22 million workers a raise through the enactment of an increase in the federal minimum wage. "Rather than considering anti-labor bills that strip workers of their ability to bargain for better wag… Continue Reading

House Republicans Continue to Sabotage Working Americans Right to Form Unions

06.14.17   WASHINGTON- TODAY, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on three bills that deny workers' of their right to bargain for better wages and working conditions. These bills undermine the union election process, a critical step towards workers joining together for a stronger voice in the workplace. "When working Americans are empowered to collectively bargain with their employers over wages and conditions of employment, productivity gains can be… Continue Reading

Sablan: We Can Address the Needs of Working Americans by Updating Labor Protections

02.14.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (MP), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, delivered the following statement during a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board. Rep. Sablan emphasized new legislative ideas to improve the National Labor Relations Act - outlined in the WAGE Act - and hoped the Committee would refocus its attention on issues where there is bipartisan consensus, rather than attacks on workers' right to organize on … Continue Reading

Scott, DeFazio Denounce New Legislation That Attacks Working Families

02.01.17   WASHINGTON - Congressmen Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Peter DeFazio (OR-04), the Ranking Members of the Committees on Education and the Workforce and Transportation and Infrastructure, respectively, issued the following statement after the introduction of H.R. 785, the so-called National Right to Work Act. These committees have jurisdiction over the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. "This legislation clearly has one purpose: to undermine the capacity of unions to protect worker… Continue Reading

Scott, Nadler and 68 Members of Congress Applaud NLRB’s Columbia University Decision

09.26.16   WASHINGTON - Following a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision, regarding Columbia University, which restored the right of research assistants (RAs) and teaching assistants (TAs) to form unions and collectively bargain, 69 members of Congress, led by Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), issued a statement urging private universities and colleges to ensure that TAs and RAs can fully and freely exercise these statutory rights, without interference, delay,… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Labor Day

09.02.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement to workers today in recognition of Labor Day, which is Monday, September 5th: "Labor Day is a time to recognize the incredible achievements of hardworking Americans. It is also a time to acknowledge that far too many people are working harder than ever, but still struggling to make ends meet. America has made significant strides toward economic recovery, with 77 consecutive months of uninterrupted private sector jo… Continue Reading

Scott, Nadler, Nearly 90 Members Issue Joint Statement on Verizon Labor Negotiations

05.19.16   WASHINGTON - TODAY, House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and 86 Members of Congress issued the following joint statement regarding the Verizon strike and ongoing labor negotiations: "We applaud Verizon's success and its ability to be profitable throughout the changes that have taken place in the telecommunications industry, but are deeply concerned about the ongoing Verizon strike." "Verizon workers build, install and… Continue Reading

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