Resist Corporate Assaults Against our Rights
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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I ask that you support the Restoring Justice for Workers Act (HR.2749). Thank you.
More and more workers are being forced to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that prevent them from suing abusive and criminally negligent employers in court—regardless of how outrageous the abuse. It's estimated that within five years, 80% of nonunion workers will be laboring under forced arbitration agreements. These agreements prevent class action lawsuits and force each employee to bear the time and expense of arbitration as a lone individual against a giant corporation with its own experienced legal staff.
The arbitration rules and processes are set solely by the corporation for their benefit – employees are only given a “take it or quit” choice. Because arbitrators are chosen from a list, the corporation knows each arbitrator's record while the lone employee doesn't, and arbitrators who rule too often for workers are not chosen again by corporations so their careers depend on not satisfying the corporate lawyers. This is an inherently unfair and rigged system that results in employees almost always losing to corporate power.
The Restoring Justice for Workers Act prohibits such forced arbitration agreements and bars retaliation against workers for refusing to arbitrate work disputes. It also outlaws agreements and practices that interfere with employees' right to join with each other in concerted activity regarding work disputes.