Wilson, Rooney, Byrne Introduce the Current Employee Representation Act

Nov 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today introduced H.R. 4327 the Current Employee Representation Act. This legislation would allow workers to petition for a union certification election when fewer than 50% of current employees were members during the last election.

“I am grateful for the chance to join my colleagues Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Bradley Byrne in introducing the Current Employee Representation Act,” said Congressman Wilson. “We know that our businesses flourish and the economy grows when employees are empowered and unions are accountable to those who join the workforce.”

Many current employees are locked into old and outdated union contracts, approved long before they were hired.  All employees deserve a voice that is reflective of today’s workplace. This legislation would allow employees to decertify and represent themselves if they deem the union unnecessary.

Congressman Rooney said: “The Current Employee Representation Act will provide union members more representation, as their views may differ from decisions made decades ago especially in the rapidly modernizing workforce of today.  This legislation also gives union employees more power to be heard and hold the higher-up decision makers within unions more accountable to the rank and file.”

Congressman Byrne stated: “The needs and realities of the 21st Century workforce are a lot different from what workers faced decades in the past. With the Current Employee Representation Act, we can ensure workers are able to fully and effectively advocate for their needs. I applaud Congressman Rooney for his work on this pro-worker legislation, and I look forward to continue advocating for policies that benefit the hardworking men and women in America.”