Shortcut Navigation:


Rep. Scott Lays Out the Case for the WAGE Act

Rep. Scott Lays Out the Case for the WAGE Act

Last month, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation designed to strengthen protections for working people who join together to make positive change at work and make sure corporations that violate working people's rights face real consequences. In recent decades, workers' wages have been stagnant while too many employers take advantage of weak worker protection laws to slow down or stop working people from joining together to improve their lives. This legislation is aimed at reversing that trend.

Now, Scott has released a report, Stronger Together: How Unions Help Strengthen Families and the Nation, that lays out the case for why the WAGE Act needs to be passed. The remedies currently in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) are simply too weak to adequately protect workers. Employers who illegally discharge workers or cause other economic harm are only required to provide those workers with back pay—it’s just a cost of doing business. The WAGE Act strengthens the NLRA's remedies to deter employers from violating the law when workers exercise their rights and to effectively punish employers who retaliate against workers who engage in protected activity.

The report not only lays out the rationales for passing the WAGE Act, but also tells us the real stories of workers who need this legislation to be passed. You can read the full report online.

The email address provided does not appear to be valid. Please check the address entered and try again.
Thank you for signing up to receive our blog alerts. You will receive your first email shortly.
Tagged under:
Bobby Scott
Patty Murray

Related Stories

Take Action

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

Sign the petition. »

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.


Join Us Online