Georgia Congressman Rick Allen Introduces Legislation to Stop Union ‘Salting’

On June 23, 2023, Georgia Congressman Rick Allen introduced the Truth in Employment Act, a bill that would resist the practice of union “salting.”

 “Salts” refer to union agents who take jobs at companies whose employees aren’t interested in joining a union. Regardless, these employees are targeted by union bosses who are constantly searching for union does. These union agents cause disruptions in the workplace, foment tensions between workers and management, and unleash “unfair labor practice” charges with the aim of getting businesses mired in costly litigation. 

 Some salts impersonate l regular employees, place pressure on their co-workers to unionize, and then flee the workplace once the union is set up. Other salts will announce their union affiliation prior to being hired, and file lawsuits against employers who refuse to hire them. If they actually get hired, they act as bad disruptive employees on purpose, and file lawsuits when they inevitably get canned.  

In both cases, employers must put up with litigation, which, in addition to public relations pressure, forms an integral part of a union “corporate campaign.” The aim of this grueling campaign is to compel employers to yield to union bosses without a secret ballot vote being used. In non-Right to Work states, namely, states where workers are compelled to pay dues to union bosses who they never voted for, this practice is commonplace.

Rick Allen’s Truth in Employment Act modifies the National Labor Relations Act to spell out that union agents cannot file unfair labor practice charges when the businesses they are harassing end up firing them. 

Congressman Allen published the following statement in favor of his bill:

Big labor and union bosses will stop at nothing to coerce more American workers into unionization, even if it means targeting small businesses in need of new employees. The deceptive practice called ‘salting’ is becoming more common across the country and is nothing more than a desperate attempt to strong arm non-union employers into unionizing their workforce without a vote—or forcing them to shut their doors.

 The Truth in Employment Act is necessary to ensure employers are not required to hire an employee who enters the hiring process for the purpose of unionizing a workplace or to put the nonunion company out of business. Access to a reliable workforce is often the number one issue facing employers, and this legislation is an important step to make certain job creators are free to use their valuable time and resources to hire workers who actually want to work,” Allen added.

 National Right to Work Committee President Mark Mix made the case for the passage of the Truth in Employment Act:

Because the vast majority of Americans have little or no interest in unionization, union bosses are increasingly turning to unionization tactics that don’t rely on worker support. They hope that by sending in “salts” to bring chaos and litigation, employers will capitulate and turn their workers over to union bosses they never voted for.

 The National Labor Relations Board often sides with union agents in these matters, ruling against employers who did nothing more than fire paid agitators from an outside organization. Congressman Allen’s Truth in Employment Act blocks this union legal tactic by making it absolutely clear that employers are well within their rights to refuse to hire union salts.

Congress should pass the Truth in Employment Act to protect workers from being deceived and harassed at work by agents of a union that only wants to take dues money out of their paychecks”, Mix concluded. 

 Unions are shock troops of the Left. They use many forms of coercion and other illegal tactics to impose their will on others. 

These people only respond to force, which is why organizations like the NRTW push for the passage of Right-to-Work legislation that would ultimately end forced union dues. Debate will simply not work on these people. 

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