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ICYMI: Rubio and Banks Make the Case for the TEAM Act

Feb 4, 2022 | Press Releases

Reform labor with this pro-worker, pro-America plan
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Jim Banks (R-IN)
February 4, 2022
Fox Business

Would you vote to unionize your workplace
If you answered no, then you’re in good company. According to polls, just one in three non-unionized American workers would vote to unionize….
In today’s hyper-political society, instead of receiving the attention they deserve, American workers are routinely subjected to “woke” nonsense from organized labor and their virtue-signaling employers…. 
60% of employees don’t care whether they’re toeing the line of the left’s latest agenda. They just want to provide for their families and communities and receive fair treatment from management…. 
Unfortunately, federal law discourages employers from meaningfully engaging with groups of their employees on issues like these—or, really, on any issues. Why? Because the most important labor law on the books, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), makes it illegal for management to coordinate with worker organizations that aren’t official unions. 
There are plenty of workers who want to discuss working conditions with their employers in an organized fashion but don’t want to unionize…. In general, American Big Labor is less effective than other Western models and in need of significant reform…. And yet, unions remain the only option for worker organization…. 
We have authored a new bill, the Teamwork for Employees and Managers (TEAM) Act of 2022, to make … long-overdue change. If it becomes law, the TEAM Act will allow management and workers to establish [non-union] employee involvement organizations (EIOs) to discuss workplace issues of mutual interest….  
EIOs formed at companies that gross more than $1 billion in annual revenue would have the opportunity to elect a representative to serve as a nonvoting member on the company’s board of directors. This would be a promising new mechanism for employer-employee communication and coordination, one that would benefit workers and management alike….
It’s our hope that our colleagues in Congress will see the merits of expanding what is permissible under the NLRA and do right by American workers by passing the TEAM Act, rather than doubling down on a broken system.

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