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Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:24 PM

Grayson Announces Bill to Let Workers Personally Sue Bosses Who Retaliate

Source: The Nation

Josh Eidelson

n a Tuesday interview, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) announced the introduction of a bill to dramatically expand the legal remedies available to non-union workers who are punished for workplace activism. “Retaliation in the workplace today when people exercise their right to organize is pervasive,” Grayson told The Nation, “and the law against it has become utterly impotent.”

Grayson’s bill has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where it is virtually guaranteed to languish. “It may not pass today,” said Grayson. “It may not pass tomorrow. But it indicates the direction that we have to go in if we’re going to preserve the middle class in America.” A spokesperson for Congressman John Kline, the committee’s chairman, did not respond to a request for comment last night. The committee is scheduled to take up two GOP bills restricting union recognition tomorrow.

Retaliating against workers for engaging in protected forms of workplace collective action is already illegal under the seventy-eight-year-old National Labor Relations Act (Grayson noted that his bill “gives a broad and explicit definition” of the crime). But pro-labor advocates and academics have long argued that the law does too little to dissuade companies determined to squash organizing or suppress free speech. Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen last year slammed existing US labor law as “a scam,” “garbage” and “a fucking lie.” Grayson’s new “Worker Anti-Retaliation Act,” which he introduced June 11 but has not previously announced, addresses several of the NLRA’s perceived weaknesses when it comes to punishing retaliation.

Whereas current law limits workers’ legal recourse for retaliation to the National Labor Relations Board—an agency whose process can take years to reinstate a fired worker—Grayson’s bill would separately guarantee most employees the right to sue their boss in civil court for retaliating, and the chance to seek an injunction to swiftly reverse the alleged retaliation. “The private right of action,” said Grayson, “means that the fact that a government bureaucrat is lazy or bored or not interested in your case,” or “hostile to workers in general,” would no longer “mean that you have no case. It means that you can take your case to court yourself.”

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Alan Grayson. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)



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Reply Grayson Announces Bill to Let Workers Personally Sue Bosses Who Retaliate (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jun 2013 OP
Salviati Jun 2013 #1
IthinkThereforeIAM Jun 2013 #13
premium Jun 2013 #2
BrainMann1 Jun 2013 #8
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #3
SummerSnow Jun 2013 #4
diabeticman Jun 2013 #5
Baitball Blogger Jun 2013 #6
idwiyo Jun 2013 #7
AzDar Jun 2013 #9
SunSeeker Jun 2013 #10
Marie Marie Jun 2013 #11
90-percent Jun 2013 #12
Skittles Jun 2013 #14
ReRe Jun 2013 #15
Jefferson23 Jun 2013 #16
Little Star Jun 2013 #17
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #18
Sherman A1 Jun 2013 #19
Ash_F Jun 2013 #20

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:26 PM

1. I am so glad he is back in congress

I'm glad that I donated to his campaign, even though I'm literally on the other side of the country (WA).

Every time I hear about him in the news, it's because he's doing something awesome.

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Response to Salviati (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:18 PM

13. Ditto...


...me, too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:31 PM

2. I love this guy,

 

he's a true man of the people.

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Response to premium (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 08:34 PM

8. Hey! Greate minds think alike

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:39 PM

3. Once again

He shows he is filled with awesome sauce!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:39 PM

4. This guy is awesome....

I bet he's related to Dick Grayson aka Robin ,Batmans sidekick.lol

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:44 PM

5. I am so happy he is back in Congress

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 08:01 PM

6. I see nothing wrong with that.

Too bad it doesn't extend to homeowners' rights.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 08:15 PM

7. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

9. Alan!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 08:51 PM

10. K & R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 10:21 PM

11. We need many many more Alan Graysons.

Thank You Rep. Grayson - for all you do on behalf of us, the little people.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:03 PM

12. I'm also happy he's back in Congress

And I take pride that my modest little working person's $50.00 campaign contribution helped gt him back in.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:47 PM

14. LOL - LOVE his expression there

righteous indignation at its finest

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:53 AM

15. Alan Grayson can certainly pen the legislation....

Now, if we just had a Democratic House to pass them on through, we might get something done in this country. 2014! 2014! 2014! 2014! 2014! 2014! 2014! 2014!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:29 AM

16. Yes, yes, yes! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:32 AM

17. Grayson is one of our best!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:18 AM

18. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:19 AM

19. I will ask my Representative to Co-Sponsor this bill

I would hope that all do the same.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:28 AM

20. Awesome.

He needs our support. He takes the time to post here too. I will call my rep and ask him to support this bill.

Grayson for President.

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