By a vote of 249-177, the U.S. House passed the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act” (H.R. 511), which strips National Labor Relations Act protections from more than 700,000 workers at tribal enterprises on tribal lands.
Workers should not be left without legally enforceable rights to form unions and bargain collectively in instances where they are working for a tribal enterprise, which is simply a commercial operation competing with non-tribal businesses. This legislation would affect Native and non-Native American workers alike. These employees therefore have no voice in setting tribal policy and no recourse to tribal governments for the protection of their rights.
The New Jersey Congressional delegation voted as follows:
Donald Norcross (D-1) RIGHT
Frank LoBiondo (R-2) RIGHT
Tom MacArthur (R-3) RIGHT
Chris Smith (R-4) RIGHT
Scott Garrett (R-5) WRONG
Frank Pallone (D-6) RIGHT
Leonard Lance (R-7) WRONG
Albio Sires (D-8) RIGHT
Bill Pascrell (D-9) RIGHT
Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) RIGHT
Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) WRONG
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) RIGHT
Thank you to the House members that voted against this bill. This fight is not over. Our focus now shifts to the Senate where we will work to make sure this legislation does not pass on the Senate floor. Please contact Sen. Menendez HERE and Sen. Booker HERE and ask them to stand with working people.