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Dr. Bucshon Votes Against House Democrats’ Anti-Worker Giveaway to Union Boss Allies

(Washington, D.C.) – 
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting against the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842), a bill that empowers union bosses by undermining workers’ rights:

“I grew up in a union household and I understand the value a union can provide to workers and their families. However, the legislation that House Democrats are pushing here is not about empowering American workers to be able to make their own decision on whether or not to voluntarily join a union. It is actually about stripping away the right to choose from workers and using the power of government to effectively make that decision for them in order to maintain the power of Democrats’ union boss allies. It does so by forcing workers to pay union dues regardless of whether they want to be represented by a union, removing protections for workers who choose not to share personal information with union representatives, and by forcing a workplace to unionize upon receiving signed cards from 50 percent of employees without a secret ballot.  Most importantly, this legislation takes away the rights of workers by using the power of the federal government to strip away state laws in 28 states – including Indiana – that protect the rights of workers to voluntarily join a union.  I will not support legislation that prioritizes the power and well-being of union bosses over the rights and well-being of Hoosier workers.”