U.S. Senators introduce legislation to prevent port slowdowns

Three American Senators from Idaho and Georgia introduced a bill called the Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns Act with the stated goal of protecting local businesses and ensure they can continue importing and exporting goods during maritime labor union disputes.

The Senators say that, as a recent contract negotiation tactic, maritime labor unions have been involved in “slowing down” instead of striking, which, they say, causes substantial financial loss to local businesses that are attempting to import and export goods.

Their bill would help prevent this damage by changing the National Labor Relations Act, defining a labor slowdown by maritime workers as an unfair labor practice.

The legislation would change the U.S. National Labor Relations Act, defining a labor slowdown by maritime workers as an unfair labor practice. It would also allow injured parties to file civil actions in federal court to seek double augmented damages resulting from slowdowns, as well as recover their attorney and expert witness fees and costs.

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