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S. 545 (115th): National Right-to-Work Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

S. 545


March 7, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Enzi, Mrs. Ernst, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Heller, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Lee, Mr. Moran, Mr. Perdue, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Rounds, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Scott, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Wicker, and Mr. Graham) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Right-to-Work Act.


Amendments to the National Labor Relations Act


Rights of employees

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 157) is amended by striking except to and all that follows through authorized in section 8(a)(3).


Unfair labor practices

Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158) is amended—


in subsection (a)(3), by striking : Provided, That and all that follows through retaining membership;


in subsection (b)—


in paragraph (2), by striking or to discriminate and all that follows through retaining membership; and


in paragraph (5), by striking covered by an agreement authorized under subsection (a)(3) of this section; and


in subsection (f)—


by striking clause (2) and redesignating clauses (3) and (4) as clauses (2) and (3), respectively; and


by striking Provided, That nothing in this subsection shall set aside the final proviso to section 8(a)(3) of this Act:.


Additional conforming amendments

The National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) is amended—


in section 9 (29 U.S.C. 159), by striking subsection (e);


in section 3(b), by striking or (e); and


in section 8(f), as amended by subsection (b)(3), by striking or 9(e).


Amendment to the Railway Labor Act

Section 2 of the Railway Labor Act (45 U.S.C. 152) is amended by striking the Eleventh paragraph under the heading for general duties.


Effective date

This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall apply to any agreement entered into or renewed after the date of enactment of this Act.