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Politics & Government

Levin proposes SAFE Workers Act to aid unions during the pandemic

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Levin congressional office

Working during the pandemic has been hard.

It’s also been difficult for unions trying to organize.

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI 9) is sponsoring new legislation that would direct the National Labor Relations Board to allow unions to conduct elections remotely.

Levin says under the Trump administration, the NLRB pushed to have in-person voting to create a union even during the pandemic, including at a hospital.

“The board wanted to insist that they have an election in a hospital during COVID. It’s hard to understand,” says Levin.

Late last year, the National Labor Relations Board updated its policies for authorizing mail-in ballots. The board says during the pandemic, approximately 90% of NLRB representation elections were conducted by mail.