WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.
The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces representation on employers and employees without a vote of approval, and exposes workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.
Tell your representative today to vote “NO” on the PRO Act.
As one of your constituents, I am writing today to urge you to please oppose the misleadingly titled Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). This misguided bill would upend decades of established labor laws in order to tip the scales in favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining. It is an affront to workers’ rights and freedom.
If passed, the PRO Act would rob workers of their right to a secret ballot to form a union, giving union organizers and the National Labor Relations Board greater power to nullify the results of a secret ballot if unionization is rejected and impose unionization anyway. It would do this by enforcing a “card check” system wherein union organizers would distribute and collect union authorization cards in full view of other employees, employers, and organizers. This process invites coercion, intimidation, and harassment — which is why Congress already rejected it years ago.
Moreover, the PRO Act would violate workers’ right to privacy by forcing employers to provide the personal contact information of workers and their families to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. Adding insult to injury, it would do so without needing employees’ prior consent or approval and there would be no way for employees to opt out, once again exposing them — and this time, their families — to potential harassment and strong-arm tactics by relentless labor bosses and organizers.
The PRO Act would also repeal right-to-work laws that have been adopted in 27 states, forcing workers to pay for union activities regardless of whether they support them or previously opted out. In this sense, the PRO Act blatantly ignores the will of workers and voters across the country.
This legislation also takes aim at the booming gig economy, which has provided vital employment opportunities and additional streams of income for millions of Americans, particularly throughout the pandemic. By enforcing the California Supreme Court’s recently adopted and failed “ABC test,” the PRO Act would make it extremely difficult to qualify as an independent contractor, resulting in many workers losing that status as well as the freedom and flexibility that comes with it. This bill would make it harder for independent contractors and gig economy workers to set their own hours, choose what work they want to do, and how and when they want to perform that work. It’s hard to see how that helps workers.
In reality, the PRO Act is nothing more than an attempt to implement Obama-era labor policies that were rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress, or withdrawn by the very agencies the Obama administration tried to use to implement these failed policies unilaterally. This bill is just a feeble attempt to boost flailing union membership, which has been on the decline for decades. Please stand strong against this effort and help protect the rights of workers and businesses alike by opposing and voting “no” the PRO Act.