Summary: S.274 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (02/22/1978)

(Reported to House from the Committee on Armed Services with amendment, H. Rept. 95-894 (Pt. I))

Makes it unlawful for members of the armed forces, knowing of the activities or objectives of a particular military labor organization, to join or maintain membership in such organization, or attempt to enroll any other member of the armed forces in such organization.

Makes it unlawful for any person to: (1) enroll any member of the armed forces in a military labor organization, or to solicit or accept dues or fees for such an organization from any member of the armed forces; (2) to negotiate or bargain with any civilian officer or employee, on behalf of members of the armed forces, concerning the terms or conditions of service of such members; (3) participate in strikes or other concerted labor union activities which are intended to induce a member of the armed forces to (A) negotiate or bargain concerning the terms or conditions of military services, (B) recognize an organization as a representative of armed forces personnel with respect to complaints or grievances concerning terms or conditions of service, or (C) make any change in the terms or conditions of service of individual members of the armed services; or (4) use any military installation or facility for such prohibited activities.

Makes it unlawful for any military labor organization to represent or attempt to represent any member of the armed forces before any civilian officers or employee or member of the armed forces in connection with grievances or complaints arising out of terms or conditions of military service.

Prohibits members of the armed forces and civilian officers and employees from: (1) negotiating or bargaining on behalf of the United States with any person who represents or purports to represent members of the armed forces; or (2) allowing the use of any military installation, facility, reservation, vessel, or other property of the United States for any meeting, march, picketing, demonstration or other similar activity for the purpose of engaging in activities prohibited by this Act. Stipulates that nothing in this Act shall prevent commanders or supervisors from giving consideration to the views of members of the armed forces, either as individuals or through advisory councils, committees, or organizations.

Defines "member of the armed forces" as one who is serving on active duty, or is a member of a Reserve component while performing inactive duty training.

Sets forth penalties for the violation of the provisions of this Act.

States that nothing in this Act shall limit the rights of members of the armed forces to: (1) join or maintain membership in any organization which does not meet the definition of a "military labor organization"; (2) present complaints or grievances in accordance with established military procedures; (3) seek or receive information, or counseling from any source; (4) be represented by counsel in legal or quasi-legal proceedings in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; (5) petition the Congress for redress of grievances; or (6) take administrative action to obtain administrative or judicial relief as authorized by applicable laws or regulations.