House committee to hold hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

Labor union supporters turned out in large numbers at the Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting on June 10, 2015. Photo by Andrew Bahl / Twitter

The debate over federal labor law at tribal casinos moves to the House this week.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will take testimony tomorrow on H.R.511, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. The bill prevents the National Labor Relations Board from imposing the National Labor Relations Act on tribes and their enterprises.

The hearing comes a few days after the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved S.248, the Senate version of the bill, at a business meeting last week. The UNITE Here sent its members to protest the measure and will have a representative testify tomorrow.

The hearing takes place at 2pm in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The witness follows:
The Honorable Rodney Butler
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council
Mashantucket, CT

Mr. Richard Guest
Staff Attorney
Native American Rights Fund
Washington, DC

The Honorable Jefferson Keel
Lieutenant Governor
Chickasaw Nation
Ada, OK

Mr. Gary Navarro
Slot Machine Attendant and Bargaining Committee Member UNITE HERE Local 285
The Graton Casino and Resort
Rohnert Park, CA

Get the Story:
Labor Rights And Tribal Sovereignty Collide At Indian Casinos (The Huffington Post 6/15)

Committee Notice:
H.R. 511, Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (June 16, 2015)

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
Tribal labor law rider killed by wide margin in House (June 27, 2005)
Federal labor board expands jurisdiction over tribes (June 4, 2004)

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