H. R. 2259
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 10, 2019
Mr. King of Iowa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
To amend the National Labor Relations Act to clarify employer rights with regard to hiring.
This Act may be cited as the
Truth in Employment Act of 2019.
Findings and purpose
Congress finds the following:
An atmosphere of trust and civility in labor-management relationships is essential to a productive workplace and a healthy economy.
The tactic of using professional union organizers and agents to infiltrate a targeted employer’s workplace, a practice commonly referred to as
salting has evolved into an aggressive form of harassment not contemplated when the National Labor Relations Act was enacted and threatens the balance of rights which is fundamental to collective bargaining.
Increasingly, union organizers are seeking employment with nonunion employers not because of a desire to work for such employers but primarily to organize the employees of such employers or to inflict economic harm specifically designed to put nonunion competitors out of business, or to do both.
While no employer may discriminate against employees based upon the views of employees concerning collective bargaining, an employer should have the right to expect job applicants to be primarily interested in utilizing the skills of the applicants to further the goals of the business of the employer.
The purposes of this Act are—
to preserve the balance of rights between employers, employees, and labor organizations which is fundamental to collective bargaining;
to preserve the rights of workers to organize, or otherwise engage in concerted activities protected under the National Labor Relations Act; and
to alleviate pressure on employers to hire individuals who seek or gain employment in order to disrupt the workplace of the employer or otherwise inflict economic harm designed to put the employer out of business.
Protection of employer rights
Section 8(a) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 158(a)) is amended by adding after and below paragraph (5) the following:
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring an employer to employ any person who seeks or has sought employment with the employer in furtherance of other employment or agency status.