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BGOV Bill Summary: H.R. 842, Private Sector Union Rights (1)

March 4, 2021, 9:18 PMUpdated: March 9, 2021, 3:42 PM

Protections for private sector workers’ right to unionize would be expanded under H.R. 842.

The bill would modify federal labor laws to:

  • Allow unions and employers to negotiate agreements that would require bargaining unit employees to pay for costs of representation.
  • Bar employers from discriminating against workers who strike.
  • Impose penalties on employers for violating workers’ rights.
  • Change the criteria used to classify someone as an employee or independent contractor.

The measure would authorize “such sums as may be necessary” to implement its provisions. It also includes a severability clause stipulating that a court decision rendering any portion of ...