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house Bill H.R. 1129

Should Unions Be Prohibited From Retaliating Against Whistleblowers & Disclose How They Spend Members’ Dues?

Argument in favor

Labor union members should know how their union is using their dues. They should also have the same whistleblower protections as other workers in order to report improper behavior in their organizations. Ensuring that labor unions act appropriately is good for their members and the overall labor movement.

jimK's Opinion
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09/03/2019
Years ago, I knew a person who was kind of a minor officer in a teamsters local. Every Christmas the union would give him a new wallet filled with hundreds of undeclared dollars, sometimes also undeclared weapons. This was some time ago so my observations may not be relevant today. If a union’s expenditures are not fully monitored with the same intensity as income, as they were not in the case of my friend, then some oversight is necessary. However, I have difficulty supporting this legislation. This appears to be a round-about Republican attempt to undermine unions since the justification covers many issues already covered by current laws. So I have flipped between YEA and NAY several times as I have thought about this. While I suspect ulterior Republican motives, I think an accounting of union expenditures is warranted. As far as whistle-blower protection, there won’t be any because there won’t be any realistic way to enforce it.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/02/2019
I fully support and recommend passage of this bill. Members have a right to know how their dues are being spent. #MAGA
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RAN's Opinion
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09/02/2019
Yes, i am completely for this. The misuse of their peoples money is astounding, and their contributors should know. There shouldn’t be unions, it’s a scam!
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Argument opposed

The proposed changes to labor union reporting requirements that this bill would do little to actually improve accountability by labor unions in how they spend members’ dues. Instead, they would impose a more onerous administrative burden on unions, which could in turn weaken the overall labor movement.

Paul's Opinion
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09/02/2019
You all realize this is already a law? Unions are required to file a Labor Management report every year that is financial disclosure, this disclosure is posted of the Department of Labor’s website and anyone can look at those disclosures. Whistleblowers are protected by the NRLB and Union can and are prosecuted for retaliation. So why do we need this law, when it already is covered?
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Mark's Opinion
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09/02/2019
When trump releases his tax returns we can talk about transparency.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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09/02/2019
Most unions already disclose how dues are paid. There should be a law as to how expenses are dispersed and shown to members. Unions are no different than any other business and must be accountable. As far as whistle blowers I thought they would already be protected. At least with the IBEW they were.
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    Years ago, I knew a person who was kind of a minor officer in a teamsters local. Every Christmas the union would give him a new wallet filled with hundreds of undeclared dollars, sometimes also undeclared weapons. This was some time ago so my observations may not be relevant today. If a union’s expenditures are not fully monitored with the same intensity as income, as they were not in the case of my friend, then some oversight is necessary. However, I have difficulty supporting this legislation. This appears to be a round-about Republican attempt to undermine unions since the justification covers many issues already covered by current laws. So I have flipped between YEA and NAY several times as I have thought about this. While I suspect ulterior Republican motives, I think an accounting of union expenditures is warranted. As far as whistle-blower protection, there won’t be any because there won’t be any realistic way to enforce it.
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    You all realize this is already a law? Unions are required to file a Labor Management report every year that is financial disclosure, this disclosure is posted of the Department of Labor’s website and anyone can look at those disclosures. Whistleblowers are protected by the NRLB and Union can and are prosecuted for retaliation. So why do we need this law, when it already is covered?
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    When trump releases his tax returns we can talk about transparency.
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    I fully support and recommend passage of this bill. Members have a right to know how their dues are being spent. #MAGA
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    Most unions already disclose how dues are paid. There should be a law as to how expenses are dispersed and shown to members. Unions are no different than any other business and must be accountable. As far as whistle blowers I thought they would already be protected. At least with the IBEW they were.
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    Yes, i am completely for this. The misuse of their peoples money is astounding, and their contributors should know. There shouldn’t be unions, it’s a scam!
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    Yes. Common sense legislation.
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    I do not trust a republican congressman to protect whistleblowers.
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    This is another attempt to weaken unions and worker rights. It’s being reintroduced by a republican, they have never been for worker rights.
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    Unions are already required to disclose all of this information to the government also, it’s also already illegal to retaliate against any “whistleblower”. This is just more anti-union rhetoric.
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    EVERYTHING needs sunlight to stay clean. Everything.
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    Yes, absolutely
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    I’m in full agreement with and recommend the passage of House Bill-1129 AKA the Union Transparency and Accountability Act which would require labor organizations to file certain disclosure forms detailing expenditures of union dues, impose civil fines on labor organizations that fail to file required disclosures, and make it unlawful for any labor organization to discharge or discriminate against any employee who has filed a whistleblower complaint or who is testifying in a disclosure proceeding. Labor union members should know how their union is using their dues. They should also have the same whistleblower protections as other workers in order to report improper behavior in their organizations. Ensuring that labor unions act appropriately is good for their members and the overall labor movement. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.2.19..........
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    This is already in effect. This is just the righteous (when it suits them) trying to rile their base up into thinking Unions are bad for them. Nice try. Now, can we legislate something worthwhile, like gun control, immigration, education, climate change, higher taxes on the wealthy. I could go on and on and on and on and on... Just another b.s. bill, from another idiot Repugnant.
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    Transparency can aide in keeping the honest, honest.
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    Unions are the reason we have laws governing child labor, a weekend, an 8 hour workday, and safety protections. Anti-labor legislation and people who work against unions are evil and can kiss my AFL ass.
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    Whistle blowers should be protected from any retaliation by those they are bringing to justice.
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    Republican bill designed to weaken unions by giving them undue administrative burdens. They would never do this to big pharma, Wall Street, their buddies. But a group that defends workers? Of course!
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    Hold Unions accountable. No free lunch.
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    Why should unions have to disclose more than Trump? Just another union busting red herring.
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