As FTC non-compete case is heard in federal court in Texas, Texas local electeds are standing up for everyday workers

All workers should be able to negotiate for better wages or leave their job for a better one, but nearly one in five Americans have their rights restricted by non-compete clauses. And in Texas, 50 percent of workplaces subject all of their employees to non-compete agreements. These anti-worker contract provisions limit a worker’s ability to work in their region or field for a period of time after they stop working for a particular employer.

That’s why a dozen local electeds in Texas are making their voices heard as the FTC non-compete case is heard in a federal court in Texas next month. This case will determine whether workers nationwide have the autonomy to do what’s best for themselves and their families.

In an amicus brief filed on May 31, the group emphasized that, “Nationally, over 53% of all workers who are subjected to non-competes are hourly workers who are less able to negotiate new contracts, higher pay, and better working conditions.” As an official submission to the court, the amicus brief (or “friend of the court”) shares an expert opinion that can help inform the judge of all the perspectives that must be taken into consideration in the case.

Shortly after the FTC finalized its new rule banning non-compete employment agreements, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court to stop the rule from taking effect as scheduled. Now, Judge Ada Brown of the Northern District of Texas is soon deciding that motion. If the FTC wins, it would mean more worker power and higher earnings for workers (up to $488 billion over 10 years).

In the meantime, Texas local leaders are speaking up for everyday workers across the state and the nation to say that the FTC rule change outlawing non-competes is a welcome and needed change to protect workers everywhere.

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