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Legislative Update: TWU Opposes Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act S. 140.
Posted On: Jan 11, 2018
January 10, 2018
Later today, the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. The bill has been made part of a larger package and will be voted on as part of S. 140.
In short, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act would deny National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) rights and protections to workers employed by tribal-owned and -operated commercial enterprises located on tribal lands, including 600,000 tribal casino workers. The vast majority of those casino workers are not Native Americans, and therefore would have no voice in the selection of those setting tribal labor policy nor the ability to petition the tribal government to protect their rights. As a result, these workers would have no real protection from unfair practices.
This morning, TWU sent a letter to Members of the House urging them to oppose the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act by voting NO on S. 140. The letter is available on the TWU website here.