Thursday, February 6, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First Votes: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Last Votes: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (2 bills):

H.Res. 826 – Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration’s harmful actions towards Medicaid (Rep. Veasey – Energy and Commerce)

Click here for a fact sheet from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 2474 – Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (Rep. Scott (VA) – Education and Labor)

The PRO Act restores fairness to the economy by strengthening workers’ right to organize a union and negotiate higher wages and better benefits. The PRO Act protects the right to form strong and effective unions by ensuring workers are free to organize unions without employer interference; helping newly unionized workplaces secure first contract agreements; and ensuring that unions and employers can bargain to require “fair share” fees to prevent free-riding.

The PRO Act also safeguards a wide range of important worker rights, including: the right to strike; the right to act in solidarity with workers at other companies; the right to pursue justice through collective or class actions; and the right to be properly classified as an employee and collectively bargain with all of the companies that control terms of employment.

Finally, the PRO Act contains meaningful transparency and enforcement provisions to ensure that workers know their rights and can vindicate them. These provisions include: requiring employers to inform workers of their rights and publicly disclose contracts with consultants hired to assist in anti-union campaigns; imposing civil penalties on employers that violate workers’ rights; strengthening and accelerating remedies for workers who suffer retaliation for exercising their rights; and allowing workers to seek justice in court for violations of their right to organize if the NLRB fails to act.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Education and Labor Committee.

Click here for a section by section from the Education and Labor Committee.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 16 amendments.  A full list of amendments can be found here and below:

Morelle Amendment
Clarifies that the PRO Act’s “ABC test” for determining employee status does not affect the definitions of employer or employee in any State laws governing wages, work hours, workers’ compensation, or unemployment insurance.
Foxx Amendment
Strikes the bill’s requirement that employers provide employees’ home addresses, job classifications, and, if available, phone numbers and email addresses to a labor organization that has petitioned the NLRB for an election; limits the list of employee contact to employees’ names and only one piece of contact information selected by the employee in writing, which would result in an informational disadvantage for the labor organization in the election.
Norcross Amendment
Requires that pre-election hearings before the National Labor Relations Board are conducted on a day-to-day basis.
Roe Amendment
Overrides current law allowing an employer to voluntarily recognize a union. Makes it unlawful for a union to request voluntary recognition.  Makes it unlawful for an employer to bargain with a union that was not selected through a secret ballot election.  Strikes provision allowing unions to be certified by the NLRB without prevailing in an election, if the employer commits an unfair labor practice or otherwise interferes with a fair election and the union has demonstrated majority support prior to the election.
Wild Amendment
Clarifies that this bill shall not be construed to affect the privacy of employees with respect to voter lists provided to labor organizations by employers pursuant to elections directed by the National Labor Relations Board.
Allen Amendment
Strikes provision allowing employers and unions to voluntarily agree to require “fair share” fees from employees in the bargaining unit, notwithstanding state “right to work” laws.
Hayes Amendment
Codifies the current precedent of the National Labor Relations Board governing voluntary recognition of a union by an employer that ensures collective bargaining between the union and employer can proceed for a reasonable period of time (one year) without requiring an intervening election.
Keller Amendment
Strikes provisions that clarify that the duration, scope, frequency, or intermittence of any strike shall not render such strikes unprotected or prohibited.
Stevens Amendment
Directs the GAO to conduct a report on sectoral bargaining in other countries.
Meadows Amendment
Strikes provision allowing employers and unions to voluntarily agree to require “fair share” fees from employees in the bargaining unit, notwithstanding state “right to work” laws.
Jackson Lee Amendment
Provides whistleblower protections to employees who report violations of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). This amendment covers employees of employers as well as employees of labor organizations.
Rooney Amendment
Opens the door for a union decertification election whenever fewer than 50% of current bargaining unit members were members during the last representation election, and allows a decertification election in any case where the union had been voluntarily recognized.
Vargas Amendment
Requires regional directors to transmit the Notice of Election at the same time as the Direction of Election. Both the Notice and the Direction must be transmitted electronically– including by email or fax–and if neither are possible, must be transmitted by overnight mail.
Tlaib Amendment
Requires employers to post a Notice of a Petition for Election within two days after the NLRB notifies an employer and union about a pre-election hearing, thereby restoring the provisions of the NLRB’s 2014 rule for union representation elections.
Lawrence Amendment
Codifies the requirement from the National Labor Relations Board’s 2014 rule that directs the National Labor Relations Board’s Regional Directors to schedule elections at the earliest date practicable, but not later than 20 days after the election is directed, unless extraordinary circumstances warrant otherwise.
Rouda Amendment
Clarifies that nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect the jurisdictional standards (including business size) of the National Labor Relations Board with respect to small businesses.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”

Thomas Jefferson