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senate Bill S. 1712

7 Provisions Relating to the Employee-Labor Union Relationship

Argument in favor

Over 50% support in both union and non-union households.

Argument opposed

Conspicuously partisan, with all 28 sponsors of the bill in the same party.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1712?

This bill deals with employees' relationships and interactions with labor unions. The bill includes seven core provisions. 

1) It would require secret ballot elections to determine union representation; 

2) It would create union re-certification elections when half the originally unionized employees have turned over; 

3) It would mandate opt-in rather than opt-out systems for subsidizing unions’ political operations, dubbed paycheck protection; 

4) It would permit employees not to provide personal information (such as phone numbers and email addresses) to union organizers; 

5) It would provide protection from union coercion (including fines) blocking de-certification of an existing union; 

6) It would require "secret ballot strike votes"; and

7) It would criminalize union threats and violence. 


The bill impacts labor unions, employees, and employers.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1712

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

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Of Note:

-Identical legislation has been introduced in the House.  

- An Opinion Research Corporation survey found that over 80 percent of union households supported the ERA’s provisions


Employee Rights Act

Official Title

A bill to provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.

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