WASHINGTON, DC – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule on mandatory employer reports:
“SEIU members applaud the Department of Labor for requiring companies that engage in union-busting activities to disclose their federal contractor status. The public and working people deserve to know whether companies that receive our federal tax dollars are engaging in nefarious activities such as surveilling employees involved in union organizing or hiring third-party consultants to prevent workers from building their power in unions. Essential workers who clean government buildings, keep our airports running, and keep the public safe at historic sites and in federal courthouses nationwide deserve to be protected and have their rights respected.
The rule is a victory for the hundreds of thousands of working people standing up for a stronger voice in their jobs, in their communities, and in our government. For the first time, the American people will know just how many union-busting companies profit from lucrative federal contracts. It is crucial that DOL strictly enforce this new rule and all rules requiring companies to disclose union-busting activities.
For far too long, the rules have been rigged in favor of corporations that place profit over people. These revisions will shed light on the full scope of the union-busting and intimidation tactics some companies engage in to keep workers from organizing and bargaining for fair contracts. This rule will help us take another step forward to improve conditions for these essential workers and hold union-busting companies accountable.”