CDW Letter: PRO Act Will Devastate Economy, Hurt Workers
Washington, D.C. – On March 24, CDW sent a letter to members of Congress calling for the rejection of the Protecting the Right to Organize (“PRO”) Act (H.R. 20, S. 567). The bill would “limit workers’ right to secret ballot elections, trample free speech and debate, jeopardize industrial stability, threaten vital supply chains, limit opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs, cost millions of American jobs, and greatly hinder the economy,” among other things.
The following statement can be attributed to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:
“The PRO Act is a radical bill that will have devastating consequences for the economy and infringe on the rights of workers and employers alike. It attempts to eliminate independent work arrangements that workers love, threatens the franchise business model that has made millions of people small business owners, and allows unions to strike against neutral businesses to cause a maximum amount of economic damage.
“Meanwhile, the bill limits the right of workers to keep their votes on unionization secret, violates workers’ privacy by giving away their personal information without their consent, disenfranchises workers from voting on union representation, forces workers to hand over their pay checks to unions they may not agree with, and violates employers’ free speech rights.
“Voters have clearly shown that they do not support the provisions on this bill. They see the PRO Act for what it is – a wishlist of radical policies designed to tip the scales in favor of unions at the expense of workers, employers, and the economy. Congress should reject this radical legislation and protect the rights of America’s workers, small businesses, and consumers.”