The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) released a new report highlighting labor law reforms that states can enact to foster a favorable business environment. The study, State Labor Law Reform: Tools for Growth, reviews 10 specific reforms that have been adopted by various states in recent years.
“Many states have decided to take the lead in boosting their business climates by passing critical labor law reforms,” said Glenn Spencer, vice president of WFI. “Given the record of the past seven years, they’ve realized that Washington doesn’t always know best.”
The report examines recent high-profile examples of labor law reforms, such as passage of right-to-work in Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. It also highlights lesser-known reforms, such as the Nevada legislature’s passage of a mass picketing statute in 2015, a Tennessee statute that allows threats associated with union organizing to be prosecuted under the state’s bribery and extortion law, and state preemption statutes.
The 10 state labor law reforms featured in the report include:
– Right-to-work laws
– State franchise law reform
– Prohibitions on “labor peace” agreements
– Prohibitions on “project labor” agreements
– Preemption of minimum wage and other city ordinances
– Preemption of “wage theft” laws
– Mass picketing legislation
– Trespassing legislation
– Classifying “neutrality” and “card check” agreements as things of value
– Prohibiting “card check” union organizing for public employees
The Workforce Freedom Initiative is a grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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