October 15, 2015
By Kenneth Quinnell
Last month, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation designed to strengthen protections for working people who join together to make positive change at work and make sure corporations that violate working people's rights face real consequences.
In recent decades, workers' wages have been stagnant while too many employers take advantage of weak worker protection laws to slow down or stop working people from joining together to improve their lives. This legislation is aimed at reversing that trend.Now, Scott has released a report, Stronger Together: How Unions Help Strengthen Families and the Nation, that lays out the case for why the WAGE Act needs to be passed. The remedies currently in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) are simply too weak to adequately protect workers. Employers who illegally discharge workers or cause other economic harm are only required to provide those workers with back pay—it’s just a cost of doing business.
The WAGE Act strengthens the NLRA's remedies to deter employers from violating the law when workers exercise their rights and to effectively punish employers who retaliate against workers who engage in protected activity.The report not only lays out the rationales for passing the WAGE Act, but also tells us the real stories of workers who need this legislation to be passed. You can read the full report online.http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Rep.-Scott-Lays-Out-the-Case-for-the-WAGE-Act