Employee Rights Act (ERA) Toolkit

Earlier this year, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723). This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.

For decades, and especially under the Obama administration, numerous rules that infringe on workers’ rights have been imposed on the American people. This is not only unproductive and wasteful in economic terms — it undermines individual liberty.

Today, conservatives have the opportunity to reverse such abuses and protect workers from government and union overreach. Making sure your Representative cosponsors the Employee Rights Act is a critical first step.  

Key Talking Points:

  • The Employee Rights Act would protect employees from union overreach by guaranteeing employees the right to:
    • Use a secret ballot when voting to ensure employees are protected from intimidation and reprisals by union bosses.
    • Decide when and if their union can spend money on matters unrelated to collective bargaining, a tactic union leaders often use to fund liberal candidates or causes without the explicit permission of their members.
    • Opt out of having their personal contact information provided to an organizing drive, a tactic used by unions to pass their private information to groups they politically disagree with.
  • These provisions are common sense protections. In fact, recent polling has found that between 64 and 88 percent of union households support each provision.

(Make sure to insert the twitter handle of your Representative)

  • @MEMBER cosponsor the Employee Rights Act. A majority of union households support its provisions. #ERA
  • @MEMBER Employee Rights Act would make union leaders more accountable to their members and protect workers. #ERA
  • @MEMBER outdated labor laws should be replaced with sensible policy. Employee Rights Act solves problems workers face today. #ERA
  • Congress has opportunity to restore workers’ rights. @MEMBER Americans want #ERA

General Tweets:

  • #ERA would reverse growing trend of overreach by union bosses. Employee rights — not labor union rights — must be restored.
  • Numerous #Obama labor rules imposed on the American people still infringe on workers’ rights. It’s time for Employee Rights Act #ERA
  • Gov’t shouldn’t tip the scale in relationship between unions & workers. Employee Rights Act establishes proper roles. #ERA

These are notes to use when calling your member of Congress. You can find their phone number on the Heritage Action Dashboard.

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [STATE].

Rep. Phil Roe introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 2723) and I noticed the Congressman is not a cosponsor. This legislation would protect workers from union pressure by putting power back in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members.

Workers should not be pressured or coerced by unions or union bosses to take actions that undermine their rights. ERA provides common sense solutions to these problems – polling shows between 71 and 88 percent of union households support ERA’s provisions.

Please tell the Congressman to co-sponsor Employee Rights Act. The bill now has over 80 cosponsors, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has held hearings. It’s time to reform outdated labor laws and ensure essential rights of employees are protected.

Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize the letter below. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.

Congressman [X], Support Employee Rights

Though the purpose of labor unions is ostensibly to protect workers, they often fail to do so because they are motivated by the “institutional objectives” of expanding in size, income and influence.

For decades, and especially under the Obama administration, numerous rules that infringe on workers’ rights have been imposed on the American people. This is not only unproductive and wasteful in economic terms — it negates individual liberty.

Workers deserve a say in decisions that put their jobs at risk. The Employee Rights Act would amend this by requiring a secret ballot vote before a union can call a strike. Furthermore, the bill would solidify paycheck protection provisions, provide a mechanism for union re-certification, and finally criminalize union threats under federal law.

If passed and signed into law, this legislation would solve many problems workers face today, including problems enshrined in current labor law. The bill would help restore a balance of power in the workplace from unions to workers and help ensure labor unions best serve the interests of employees, not union bosses.

Congressman [X] should support individual employee rights by cosponsoring the Employee Rights Act.