Federal Spotlight: White House Task Force Worker Organizing and Empowerment Releases Report
March 3, 2022
This month, the White House’s Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment published a report that addresses recommendations to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for federal employees, as well as public and private-sector workers.
The task force recommended directing the Department of Energy (DOE) to continue strengthening U.S. manufacturing requirements across science and energy programs “to better ensure the technologies that are funded by the DOE are substantially manufactured in the United States.” On labor matters, the task force’s recommendations include instructing the Department of Labor to review rules and policies related to reporting for employer communications and campaigns related to unions, also known as “persuader” activity.
Another recommendation involves instructing the Department of Labor to “lead a coordinated, government-wide initiative to increase awareness” among employees about their right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers. Furthermore, the task force highlighted the Biden Administration’s support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.