Midterm Election Brings Significant Challenges to IEC Priorities
With Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, IEC faces an uphill battle as it seeks to advance its policy agenda. A Democratic majority in the House means legislation that IEC staunchly opposes, like the Workplace Democracy Act and Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act, could be heard in committee and brought to the floor for a vote. Though efforts by House Democrats will be blocked by Senate Republicans, attempts at moving these extreme labor bills will only serve as an attempt by the far left to make these policies appear to be more and more main stream.
Conversely, bills that IEC has worked aggressively to advance, such as the Save Local Business Act and Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, have little chance of moving. Though the Senate may do its part to move favorable labor bills through the legislative process, the majority still does not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster to pass legislation.
It’s in the regulatory arena where IEC can take some solace as it relates to its priority issues. With a Republican president in office, the labor policies put in place under the Obama administration can continue to be repealed or reformed. Currently, matters such as joint employer and the “ambush” are being reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board and IEC will continue to urge the Department of Labor and other agencies to promulgate rules that will positively impact the industry.