The Labor Wire
Feb. 13, 2018
Congress should protect worker freedom and uphold the sovereignty of Native American tribes, not pit the two against each other. Working people must have a legally enforceable right to form unions and negotiate together with the tribal enterprises that employ them. It’s fair, it’s democratic and it’s one important step toward an economy that works for all working people.
Message of the Day—Protect Worker Freedoms
Corporate-backed politicians and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have a new disguise to cut back worker freedoms, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (S. 63, H.R. 986), which would deny National Labor Relations Act protection to more than 600,000 workers.
It’s the classic strategy of divide and conquer. The AFL-CIO supports tribal sovereignty and workers’ freedoms. The two should never be pitted against each other.
Tribal governments and labor unions share a host of basic values, including a desire for broad prosperity, good jobs and thriving communities.
America’s working people want new economic rules so we can raise pay and expand worker freedom, and that means rejecting the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act.
Kitchen Table Economics
Full workers’ freedom: That’s the law of the Navajo Nation, which says, in part, “Employees shall have the right to form, join or assist any labor organization for the purpose of collective bargaining without interference, restraint or coercion by a public employer or any other person.”