Federal Union Leader on Recently Introduced ‘Empower Employees Act’: “Union Busting in its Purest Form”

Monday, June 6, 2011

Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 216-4458


Washington, D.C. – This morning William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers government-wide, issued the following statement regarding Friday’s introduction of the deceptively-named “Empower Employees Act,” by Representative Tim Scott (R-SC):


“The deceptively-named ‘Empower Employees Act’ is union busting in its purest form. The ‘Bust Federal Workers’ Rights Act,’ as it should rightfully be called, seeks to deprive federal workers of their right to a union voice in the workplace by stripping them of the ability to have dues deducted from their paycheck.


It is laughable that the Congressman would suggest that this bill increases federal employees’ rights in the workplace. By law, all federal union membership is completely voluntary. No employee can pay union dues without proactively approaching the union and submitting a form to their agency expressing their will to do so. Congressman Scott and his Republican colleagues know this, but they’re not letting that get in the way of busting federal unions.


Let me be clear: the sole intent of this proposal is to make it as difficult as possible for federal workers to form or join a union. This proposal is straight out of the Scott Walker union-busting handbook, and we will not stand for it. When narrow-minded, ideologically-driven partisan politics trump workers’ rights, everybody loses.”

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