Heritage Action, the activist branch of the nonprofit conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, is pushing lawmakers to take up the Employee Rights Act, a major reform bill that would give more rights to workers who dissent from organized labor.

The activist group has said it will make co-sponsoring the legislation a "key vote" that it will use as part of its annual evaluation of how conservative lawmakers are.

"The Employee Rights Act would solve problems workers face today — including problems enshrined in current labor law. The bill would help restore a balance of power in the workplace from unions to workers," the organization said in post Wednesday. "Heritage Action ... will include co-sponsorship of this legislation in our scorecard."

The scorecard is important because it is used by lawmakers, activists and the media as a yardstick of how faithful lawmakers are to conservative ideology.

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