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Union Recertification

What it does: The Employee Rights Act requires that every unionized workplace have a supervised secret ballot election every three years to determine whether employees want to continue to be represented by any incumbent union.

Support: 77% of respondents were strongly/somewhat supportive.

Why: Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) indicates that less than 10% of currently unionized employees voted for the union in their workplace.

Background: Once a workplace is unionized it is nearly impossible for employees to decertify a union. As a result, millions of unionized employees work in union shops where they have never had the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to remain represented by that union.

This provision is especially important in light of the NLRB’s recent proposal to shorten the time period for elections where employees have insufficient time to formulate an informed vote.


Find out more about the Employee Rights Act