Highlights of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed changes to federal labour law affecting unions, which the Republican presidential hopeful plans to lay out on Monday in a town hall meeting in Las Vegas:
—Make it illegal for federal workers to form unions. That would take an act of Congress, but Walker said he’s for it because “big-government unions should have no place in the federal workplace.”
—Eliminate the National Labor Relations Board, transferring some of its powers to the National Mediation Board and leaving what Walker calls its “quasi-judicial functions” to the federal court system.
—Impose right-to-work laws, under which workers can’t be forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment, nationwide. Twenty-five states, including Wisconsin, already have such laws. Walker’s proposal, if passed by Congress, would require states to vote to opt out of the right-to-work requirement.
—Prohibit unions from automatically deducting dues from state public employees that are used to pay for political activity. Walker said if the Supreme Court does not address the issue in a pending case, he will send a bill to Congress to change the law.
—Require federal employee unions to disclose and certify the portion of dues used for political activity and prohibit withholding that amount.
—Prohibit union organizers from having access to employees’ personal information and require union recertification votes “on a periodic basis.”
—Repeal any regulations proposed by President Barack Obama’s administration that require employers to pay overtime rates to salaried workers and provide paid sick leave. “These rules will only reduce wages and deprive workers of the flexibility to balance work and life commitments,” Walker said.
—Require online disclosure of union expenditures, including total pay of union officers, additional reporting for local affiliates of government employee unions and more conflict-of-interest reporting requirements.
—Change federal law to ensure unions can’t fire, discriminate or otherwise retaliate against a whistleblower who reports wrongdoing.
—Repeal wage controls and project labour agreements for federal highway projects.