Republicans criticized a Department of Labor regulation that will force employers to disclose ties to outside union-busting advisers.Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), the Chairman of a House labor subcommittee, convened a hearing Tuesday, calling for the elimination of the so-called “Persuader Rule.” The measure took effect this week, seeking to shed light on the opaque anti-union consulting industry.
The Persuader Rule clarifies a 1959 labor law that required bosses to report to the federal government whenever they use consulting firms to directly thwart a union drive. It works to close a gap in the interpretation of the statute known as the “advice exemption” that allowed employers to avoid disclosure of indirect assistance, like strategy-planning and the provision of written materials and video.
“For too long, union avoidance persuaders have been able to operate in the shadows due to this loophole,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said in opening remarks supporting the regulation.
“Working men and women deserve to know who their employer is hiring and how much the employer is spending to discourage them from joining a union,” he added