WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAJ) — Multiple U.S. Senators, including Bob Casey (D-PA), introduced a bill that would crack down on Union busting, ending the taxpayer subsidization of corporate union-busting campaigns.
The No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act was introduced by Ron Wyden, (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in addition to Casey.
Below is what the release says about the introduced bill.
The No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act would end the taxpayer subsidization of anti-union activity by corporations. The bill would classify businesses’ interference in worker organization campaigns like political speech under the tax code and therefore not tax deductible. Activities denied a deduction would include both unlawful attempts to influence employees, and lawful activities that nonetheless should not be subsidized by taxpayers. These include violations of the National Labor Relations Act, so-called “captive audience meetings”—where employers hold mandatory meetings during work hours and pressure employees against joining a union or interrogate workers—and million-dollar anti-union advertising campaigns around union organization elections.
Sen. Casey stated the following about the bill:
“Corporations shouldn’t be interfering with workers’ right to organize,” Casey said. “They certainly shouldn’t be able to write off anti-unionization campaigns as a business expense. I’m introducing the No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act to end the taxpayer subsidization of anti-union activity. Unions are a rising tide that lifts all boats; they don’t just help workers in them, they raise wages for all workers. It’s long past time we level the playing field and protect workers’ rights to organize.”
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Along with those who introduced the bill, 15 other democratic senators are co-sponsoring the bill. More information about the bill is available online.