Sean P. Redmond

Sean P. Redmond
Executive Director, Labor Policy

Sean P. Redmond is Executive Director, Labor Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

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The PRO Act Litmus Test

As any observer of labor policy knows, unions are very much keen on passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a radical proposal that would upend American labor law, to put it mildly. According to an unsurprising news report, labor leaders have told their Democrat allies in Congress that union support for political candidates will hinge on whether or not a candidate supports the PRO Act.

Amazon Workers Vote Against Organizing

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 9 announced the results of a union representation election at Amazon’s distribution facility in Bessemer, Alabama, which had been widely anticipated by observers of labor policy. After tallying 3,051 ballots from approximately 5,876 eligible voters, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) emerged with 738 votes in favor of representation versus 1,798 against.

Sanders Inserts Himself in Amazon Campaign

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reportedly weighed in on the organizing campaign at an Amazon facility that has been in the headlines in recent months.  Unsurprisingly, the senator offered his support for the union hoping to represent roughly 6,000 Amazon employees working at the company’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, and his remarks underscored the faulty reasoning among those pushing or

The PRO Act’s Attack on Independent Contracting

As this blog has noted on numerous occasions, Congress is considering a piece of legislation that would radically re-write American labor law and undermine freelancers and other independent contractors.

House Passes the PRO Act (Again)

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 9 passed H.R. 842, better known as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, for the second year in a row. With a significantly narrower House majority than last year, it remained somewhat of an open question as to whether Democrats had enough votes to pass it again, but in the end the bill unfortunately survived by a vote of 225-206.

$15 Minimum Wage Amendment Fails

As observers of the legislative process in Washington know, the Senate recently finished debating a massive, 628-page spending bill, some of which is meant to provide relief for the economic damage caused by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

A Good Example of Bad Legislation

As the economy continues on the path of a K-shaped recovery, Congress should be pursuing policies that will elevate businesses and workers on the bottom part of that K.  Instead, Democrats are pushing legislation designed to help their friends in organized labor and cause more damage. This legislation is called The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, but there is nothing positive about it.

The Hazards of Hazard Pay

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one year mark and we continue to see a K-shaped recovery, the issue of “hazard pay” for individuals in certain industries has been a topic of ongoing discussion.  When first proposed in the HEROES Act last year, Democrats in Congress included federal funds to provide hazard pay.  The HEROES Act ultimately did not pass.  Now, however, some local jurisdictions are mandating unfunded hazard pa

2020 Union Membership: A Mixed Bag

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on January 22 released its annual estimate of union membership in the United States.  This year’s report showed that union membership rose from 10.3 percent to 10.8 percent of the total workforce in 2020, reversing previous declines of 0.2 percentage points from the prior two years. However, despite the percentage increase, the story is a little more complicated, as the total number of union members actually dropped by 321,000 to 14.3 million.