MPB LOGO

Menu

BUSINESS LEADERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO REJECT THE PRO ACT

CDW Voices Opposition In Letter To Lawmakers; Calls Bill A Slap In The Face To Employees & Businesses Struggling To Survive During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry, shared a letter with U.S. lawmakers expressing opposition to the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842/S. 420).

CDW said the PRO Act would drastically restructure the nation’s labor laws resulting in economic upheaval that would eliminate millions of American jobs, threaten vital supply chains, and greatly diminish opportunities for employees and employers. The legislation attempts to increase union density and leverage while failing to consider the negative impacts it would have on workers, businesses, and the economy.

“The PRO Act would enable labor organizers to deploy intimidation and threatening tactics against workers by forcing employers to hand over the personal contact information of employees, even for those who have no interest in joining a union,” said CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen. “In an attempt to increase labor membership at any cost, the bill would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy, and force businesses across nearly every industry to lay off employees or close their doors permanently.”

As the CDW letter explains, the bill threatens the fundamental rights of employees and vital aspects of the U.S. economy, including but not limited to:

  • Workers’ right to choose whether or not to be represented by a union through secret ballot elections;
  • Workers’ right to remove a union that has failed to adequately represent them;
  • Businesses and individuals’ ability to contract with independent contractors and other businesses;
  • Workers’ right to choose not to contribute to a union they do not support;
  • Americans’ opportunity to own a franchise business or work independently; and
  • The government’s ability to prevent unions from expanding a labor dispute with one employer to other businesses and consumers – a change that threatens to disrupt supply chains and/or projects that are vital to our national pandemic response.

Swearingen also said pushing through this legislation at a time when so many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained is deeply short-sighted.

Click here for more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act.

 

About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace 

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.

 

 

###

CDW STATEMENT: BUSINESS LEADERS RESPOND TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S REMARKS ON UNION ORGANIZING

President’s Remarks Come As U.S. House Of Representatives Prepares To Vote On The PRO Act, Which Would Enable Union Organizers To Intimidate And Threaten Employees

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry, released the following statement today in response to President Joe Biden’s remarks yesterday regarding union organizing where he said, “It’s a vitally important choice – one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers. Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.”

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“We agree with President Biden that employees should have the choice to join a union without ‘intimidation or threats’ of any kind, but unfortunately the PRO Act, which Democratic leaders in the House are putting to a vote in the coming days, would enable union organizers to deploy intimidation and threatening tactics against workers.

“The PRO Act would force employers to hand over personal contact information of employees to union organizers, even for those employees who have no interest in joining the union. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers will now have the ability to harass and bully employees. They could show up at their home, spam them on email and even bully them on social media. The PRO Act is incredibly short-sighted, especially given growing concerns regarding privacy in this country.

“In an attempt to increase union membership at any cost, the bill would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy and association, destroy businesses as they struggle to survive during the pandemic, and threaten entire industries that have fueled innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.”

“With this legislation, Democratic leadership is attempting to implement Obama-era labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system and/or opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress.”

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID pandemic, this bill would force businesses to close permanently and lay off workers. Bottomline, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose their job and important employee rights if the PRO Act becomes law.”

 

Click here for more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act.

 

About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.

 

###

 

STATEMENT: PRO ACT WILL FORCE BUSINESSES TO CLOSE & EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK ACROSS THE U.S.

Legislation Would Diminish Employees’ Rights & Threaten Job Creation Nationwide

 

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide in nearly every industry, released the following statement today in response to the pending introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in Congress this week.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“In an attempt to increase union membership at any cost, the bill would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy and association, destroy businesses, particularly small ones, and threaten entire industries that have fueled innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.”

“With this legislation, Congressional Democrats are attempting to implement Obama-era labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis and/or abandoned by the agencies asked to enforce them.”

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID pandemic, this bill would force businesses to close permanently and cost workers their livelihoods. Bottomline, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose their job and important employee rights if this bill is enacted.”

Click here for more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act.

###

 

About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.

CDW Calls on NLRB to Weigh in on Mail-Ballot Elections

Washington, D.C. – On February 3, CDW submitted an amicus brief to the NLRB in support of Amazon’s Request for Review of a Regional Director’s decision dealing with a representation election at an Amazon facility in Alabama.

In our brief, CDW called on the Board to review the case in order to clarify when mail-ballot elections will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic, including defining what qualifies as a COVID-19 “outbreak” in a workplace, and cautioned the Board against its increased tolerance of remote voting methods that have shown to substantially reduce voter participation.

Chair Kristen Swearingen explained, “The Board needs to clarify when mail balloting is appropriate and address mail-ballot voter participation issues before rushing into an election with thousands of workers. The Board should also examine the current method of electronic card collection and whether it is opening the door to fraud and violations of employees’ privacy. NLRB precedent rightfully favors in-person elections, and the Board should continue to use that option to ensure a true majority of eligible employees want and choose union representation.”

CDW Statement on Dangerous Electronic Voting Legislation

Washington, D.C. – The new Congress is considering legislation that would take union representation elections online. This legislation is not meant to “modernize” the election process, as the bill’s supporters claim. It will, however:

  • allow union organizers to bypass secret ballot elections and coerce workers into supporting unionization;
  • have a negative impact on participation rates in union elections, since electronic voting routinely results in lower participation rates among workers, as compared to in-person voting; and
  • increase fraud and potential identify theft due to the inability to authenticate who potential voters are and lack of cybersecurity protocols.
CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen cautioned, “This dangerous legislation needlessly exposes workers to intimidation. It gives union organizers the ability to stand over the shoulders of workers while they vote on whether or not to support unionization, pressuring them to vote in favor of union representation. Under this misguided bill workers will face increased intimidation and threats to their privacy as well as a stronger likelihood that they will not participate in such a critical decision like union representation. Congress should emphatically reject this bill.”

CDW Files Amicus Brief on NLRB’s Contract Bar Doctrine

Washington, D.C. – On October 8, CDW filed an amicus brief with the NLRB in Mountaire Farms, Inc, a case examining the Board’s contract bar doctrine.

In our brief we explain that the Board’s contract bar doctrine is no longer necessary to establish and maintain stability in labor relations and in actuality impairs employee freedom of choice in a manner that conflicts with the National Labor Relations Act. CDW encourages the Board to rescind the current doctrine or modify it to shorten the bar period and lengthen the time during which employees can challenge a union’s majority status before, during, and/or after collective bargaining for a new agreement.

CDW Files Comments on NLRB Election Privacy Proposal

Washington, D.C. – On September 28, CDW filed comments in support of the NLRB’s election privacy proposed rule. As our comments explain, the coalition supports the Board’s decision to rescind provisions of its 2014 rule requiring disclosure of employee addresses and phone numbers – provisions that threatened to infringe on employees’ privacy rights and needlessly exposed them to coercion and intimidation. Additionally, CDW’s comments support the Board’s proposal to allow employees engaged in military service to vote via absentee ballots but suggests necessary alterations to provide protections for employers.

CDW Statement on NLRB’s General Motors Decision

Washington, D.C. – On July 21, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in General Motors, a case dealing with the use of profanity in the workplace. The decision reinstates a previous Board standard used to determine if employees were lawfully disciplined or discharged for abusive or offensive statements in the course of activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

CDW applauds the NLRB’s decision. CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen explained, “General Motors is a welcome return to civility in the workplace and labor-management relations. For too long, the Board tolerated language that was at best inappropriate and at worst violent, abusive, and discriminatory. In today’s workplace, no one should have a free pass to create an unsafe or intolerant environment, and our labor laws must protect all workers from such behavior.”

CDW Statement on Republican Opposition to Electronic Union Election Voting

Washington, D.C. – On June 30, Republican leaders on the House Education and Labor Committee, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to the Chairman and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board opposing efforts by Democrats to force the Board to hold union elections electronically.

CDW applauds Reps. Foxx and Walberg for their efforts to stop Democrats’ assault on workers’ free choice and right to privacy. As the letter clarifies, “Electronic voting would create one more opportunity for union organizers to intimidate and coerce workers at their homes, in public, and elsewhere, and provide another conduit for workers’ personal information to be compromised.”

In-person voting remains the fairest, safest, and most effective means on holding union representation elections. CDW strongly encourages the NLRB to heed the representatives’ warning and continue to protect workers’ rights.

ICYMI: “Kuster & Pappas Willing To Sacrifice NH Privacy For Political Favors”

Unions were established to safeguard worker’s rights and they can play an important role in protecting those rights. However, too often Big Labor promotes legislation that hurts workers and the businesses that employ them. Most recently, Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representatives passed — with the votes of Representatives Anne Kuster and Chris Pappas — the deceptively named Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which is loaded with radical provisions that would not only undermine Right-to-Work laws, but also infringe on worker privacy and freedom of choice.