Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Representing the District of Columbia

Norton Thanks Rules Committee Chair McGovern for Defeating Anti-Union Amendment Uniquely Targeting D.C. Unions

Feb 12, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) thanked House Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today for defeating an amendment that attacks the District of Columbia’s local labor laws.  The amendment, filed by Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC), is modeled after the Freedom from Union Violence Act of 2019, which would make it a special federal crime to engage in violence during a labor dispute solely within the District, but not solely within states.  The amendment would also cover violence during labor disputes in connection with interstate commerce or solely within the territories.  Norton has defeated these bills and amendments numerous times in Congress.

“Representative Norman is abusing his own congressional authority by seeking to drag the District of Columbia into this politically motivated attack on organized labor, which would uniquely impact D.C. union workers,” Norton said.  “D.C. is a labor town that does not belong in his anti-labor bill.  Thank you to Chairman McGovern for defeating this amendment, which directly attacks D.C. union workers and self-government.”

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