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Union Provision Was Secretly Slipped Into COVID-19 Relief Bill


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Business interests have labeled it a stealth attack by pro-union forces. Most would-be GOP opponents of it on Capitol Hill were in the dark until it was too late – many still are. A provision in the sprawling $2.2 trillion relief legislation, which lawmakers rushed through Congress to help workers and employers in an economy cratering from a global pandemic, would impose a gag rule on mid-sized businesses when it comes to union efforts to organize workers.

Businesses with between 500 and 10,000 employees that take a government loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act would be forced to remain neutral when a union tries to organize their workers.  

The language was part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pro-union wish list for the stimulus bill. Most of their other pet priorities fell by the wayside as Senate Republicans pushed back in the furious final negotiations to get the bill out the door and $1,200 checks into the hands of struggling Americans as quickly as possible.:snip:
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