URGENT ACTION NEEDED! Senate To Schedule Vote On Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
The Senate has scheduled a cloture vote on S. 140 which includes the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) for Monday April 16, 2019. We urge you to contact your Senator to vote on cloture for S. 140. and also to vote to pass the bill. This is the final hurdle we have to attain passage of this critical piece of legislation for Indian Country.
We strongly encourage you to call your Senators and ask for their vote for cloture on S. 140. Model talking points are attached for your consideration.
The TLSA will reverse the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) misguided 2004 decision in San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casinoby clarifying that Tribal governments and governmental enterprises are excluded from the application of the NLRA.The NLRB has interpreted the NLRA's government exemption for "State or political subdivisions" to also implicitly include the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories and possessions. In 1976, the Board in Fort Apache Timber Companyinterpreted this exemption to also include tribal governments and on-reservation commercial enterprises owned and operated by tribal governments.
However, in 2004, the NLRB overturnedFort Apache,ruling that the NLRA applies to Indian gaming enterprises owned and operated by tribal governments. The Board inSan Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino reasoned that the Tribe's casino is a "purely commercial enterprise" that "employs significant numbers of non-Indians" and "caters to a non-Indian clientele that lives off the reservation." The Ninth Circuit upheld the NLRB San Manuelruling in 2007.
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act would amend the NLRA to treat tribes rightfully as sovereigns by excluding tribes and tribal government-owned and operated enterprises in the same manner as enterprises owned and operated by all other sovereigns within the United States, including States, State political subdivisions (counties, cities, municipalities), the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories and possessions.
Please help reinforce the importance of the TLSA by calling and your Senators urging a "YES" vote for cloture and final passage. To find the phone number for your Senator follow this link: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Please contact Danielle Her Many Horses, Deputy Executive Director by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (202) 546-7711 with any questions or concerns. NIGA thanks you for your continued efforts and support in advocating for TLSA.
Vote YES on S. 140 and Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
NIGA is calling on all its Member Tribes to call their Senators directly and tell them to Vote For Cloture and final passage of S. 140 which includes the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act.
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