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CDW STATEMENT ON THE SAVE LOCAL BUSINESS ACT

Bill clarifies joint employer standard to protect small and local businesses

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 Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) introducing legislation clarifying the definition of the joint employer standard. The bill serves to counter the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would expand the definition of the joint employer standard in a manner that business leaders say would cause confusion and harm millions of small businesses.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“Efforts by PRO Act advocates to redefine and expand the joint employer standard would disrupt millions of business operations throughout the country and threaten the ability of workers to achieve the American Dream of becoming employers.

“Labor bosses are pushing this expansion to boost union membership to pad their coffers at the expense of workers, small and local businesses, entrepreneurs and Main Street consumers. It’s part of the Big Labor playbook to force millions of American workers into a union against their will.

“The PRO Act’s expansion of the joint employer standard would also upend the entire franchise industry, putting hundreds of thousands of small, local businesses and millions of employees at risk. Small business owners would be turned into middle managers between their brands and union bosses, inhibiting existing owners from making a living and killing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs of owning their own business. Data shows that this provision of the PRO Act would cost the economy between $17.2 to $33.3 billion annually from lost economic output from the franchise industry alone.

“At a time when businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 pandemic, rewriting our nation’s labor laws solely to benefit Big Labor bosses would cause irreparable harm to our country’s economic recovery efforts.

“CDW thanks Senator Marshall and Representative Comer for introducing this critical legislation to ensure stability in the economy and help small and local businesses across the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We support the Save Local Business Act and urge Congress to act swiftly to pass it and reject the job-killing and business-shuttering PRO Act.”

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

 

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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.

 

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CDW STATEMENT ON EX-UNION EMPLOYEES GETTING ETHICAL WAIVERS FOR WHITE HOUSE ACCESS

Ethics waivers are latest example of union playbook to push radical agenda

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 reports of multiple high-ranking ex-union employees receiving ethics waivers from the White House to communicate with their former large union employers.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“President Biden promised the American people and even signed executive orders on Day 1 declaring his administration would be held to the highest ethical standard, yet these ethics waivers are a formal invitation for collusion and corruption enabling Big Labor bosses with unfettered access to coordinate their deceptive campaign to push through their radical labor agenda like the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

“It’s really shocking that President Biden would allow this unethical action to be taken and one has to question if he is even aware of these waivers which will likely open the door to misbehavior and wrongdoings that could result in unnecessary scrutiny and even month long corruption investigations that has plagued previous administrations.

“Time after time we have seen unions try to change the rules in their favor to advance their interests. They’re using the same playbook with their push for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, legislation that would strip workers of important privacy protections, subject employees to unwanted union intimidation, and lead to massive job losses and closures of thousands of small businesses across the country.

“At a time when businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 pandemic, rewriting our nation’s labor laws solely to benefit Big Labor bosses would cause irreparable harm to our country’s economic recovery efforts.”

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

 

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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.

 

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REPORT: UNION BOSSES WOULD RAKE IN $9 BILLION MORE IN DUES WITH PRO ACT

Labor could see more than $20 billion from union dues to spend on lobbying and other political activity

Washington, D.C. – A new report by the Institute for the American Worker (I4AW) shows labor bosses could rake in $9 billion more per year through increased dues if the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act becomes law as more American workers would be forced into joining unions.

With billions of dollars more for union bosses to spend on lobbying and other political activities, the report shows the PRO Act would primarily benefit the politicians and candidates advocating for the legislation.

Key report findings include:

  • If unions increase their membership to 1983 levels, dues received could exceed $20 billion per year.
  • Unions would be able to spend an additional $660 million per year or $3 billion per election cycle on lobbying and other political activities.
  • In 2020, unions’ financial reports showed they spent $791 million on politics and lobbying.
  • Unions spend 87 percent of their lobbying and political activity budget to support Democrats and 13 percent to support Republicans.

Kristen Swearingen, Chair of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of more than 600 major business and industry groups representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide, said the report illustrates what the consequences are if the PRO Act is made into law:

“The PRO Act would substantially pad the coffers of Big Labor bosses and subsidize their pressure and intimidation tactics against elected officials in order to support their out-of-the-mainstream agenda,” stated Swearingen. “This power grab by labor organizers comes at the expense of workers, small and local businesses, entrepreneurs and Main Street consumers who would be forced to hand their paychecks over to union bosses.”

Swearingen went on to say that the PRO Act would have a devastating impact on Americans’ way of life and right to work without having to join a union.

“If the PRO Act becomes law, thousands of small business owners will be forced to close their doors permanently, and millions of employees would not only lose their job, their right to work, but also their privacy protections as their personal information would be handed over to union organizers who could then show up at their house or bully them online to force them to join in order to obtain or retain a job,” stated Swearingen.

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

 

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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.

 

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CDW STATEMENT ON SENATOR WARNER’S CONCERNS WITH PRO ACT

Virginia Senator Cites Negative Impact On Gig Economy, Freelancers And Independent Contractors

 

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 Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announcing his concerns with the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act during a press availability.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“While Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) should be applauded for articulating that provisions of the PRO Act that would force American workers into an outdated ‘1980s type of economy’ putting independent contractors out of work, we urge him to dig deeper into the rest of the PRO Act, particularly those provisions that would devastate small businesses, strip away workers’ privacy rights and force them into labor agreements that eliminate Virginia’s right-to-work protections.

“The PRO Act would be particularly devastating to the 98 percent of non-union small business contractors that participate in Virginia’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small, Women- and Minority-owned (SWaM) business program by reducing opportunities for these struggling companies and putting many of them out of business and their employees out of work.

“The PRO Act aims to boost the number of dues paying union members, padding the coffers of labor bosses at the expense of workers, small and local businesses, entrepreneurs and Main Street consumers. By removing right-to-work protections for millions of American workers – including hundreds of thousands of workers in the Commonwealth – the bill would strip away their right to forgo joining a union. American workers and small business owners would be forced to hand over their hard-earned paychecks to labor bosses.

“The PRO Act would also force employers in Virginia to hand over personal contact information of employees to labor organizers, even if workers did not want to join a union. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers would have the ability to harass and bully workers into joining a union. 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.

“The 22,300 franchise owners in the Old Dominion would be devastated by the PRO Act and turn them into middle managers, hindering their ability to make a living and killing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs of owning their own businesses.

“At a time when Virginian businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 pandemic, this bill would force businesses to close permanently and lay off workers. Bottomline, thousands of Virginians could lose their jobs and important employee rights if the PRO Act becomes law.”

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

 

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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.

 

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CDW Statement On Confirmation Hearing Of Jennifer Abruzzo For NLRB General Counsel

Nominee Would Be A Rubber Stamp For Big Labor Policies

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 nomination hearing of Jennifer Abruzzo for National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel and the continued union push for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“As a hired gun heading up “strategic initiatives” for one of the country’s most powerful unions, we can expect Jennifer Abruzzo will be another planted ally at the NLRB to enable unions’ assault against small business employers and will turn a blind eye to their misleading and intimidation tactics against workers across the country.

“Big Labor has gone all-out to pressure and even intimidate Members of Congress into passing the anti-worker, privacy-invading and job-killing PRO Act. Ms. Abruzzo would be a rubber stamp for enforcing this radical and overarching law that would pressure employees to join a union and fork over their hard-earned income into unions’ coffers.

“From taking away independent contracting jobs from moms working at home to stripping vital privacy protections from all Americans to forcing many small businesses to close their doors, the PRO Act would radically change our country’s labor laws and lead to a significant regression in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the most frightening components of the PRO Act is the fact that the law would force employers to hand over personal contact information of employees to labor organizers, even for those employees who have no interest in the union. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers would have the ability to harass and bully workers into joining a union. 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.

“The drastic restructuring of the nation’s labor laws and resulting economic upheaval would cost millions of American jobs, threaten vital supply chains, and greatly diminish opportunities for entrepreneurs and struggling small businesses.”

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

 

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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.

 

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New Poll: Small Businesses Say PRO Act Will Destroy Them

Majority Of Independent Contractors Anticipate Losing 76 Percent Or More Of Their Business

Washington, D.C. – A new national survey of more than 9,000 small business owners shows serious concern surrounding the economic impact of the labor organizing legislation, Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, if enacted into law.

The survey conducted by Alignable, an online network of more than six million small business owners, and recently covered by Small Business Trends showed just how significant the impacts of the PRO Act would have on their businesses.

Key findings:

  • Seven out of 10 small business owners say the PRO Act would put them out of business or force them to hire fewer workers
  • Majority of independent contractors anticipate losing 76 percent or more of their business
  • 67 percent of women-owned businesses would lose most of their business, with many saying they are parents who freelance to accommodate children’s schedules
  • Nearly half (45 percent) of all small businesses would be forced to shut down, as many depend on hiring freelancers to win business, manage costs and keep companies afloat
  • 62 percent of minority-owned businesses said they could suffer major losses

Eric Groves, CEO and co-founder of Alignable, whose company conducted the survey, stated that “If passed, the PRO Act would be a barrier to employment, the overall business recovery, and prosperity, in general. Here are just a few examples of people and businesses that would be hit hard. When it comes right down to it, the PRO Act could threaten the American Dream of owning your own business, while also crippling the small business economy, which is just starting to rebound from COVID’s devastation.”

Kristen Swearingen, Chair of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of more than 600 major business and industry groups representing millions of businesses that employ tens of millions of workers nationwide, said the survey illustrates what its members have been hearing across the country:

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 pandemic, this bill would force employers to permanently close and lay off workers,” stated Swearingen. “From taking away independent contracting jobs from moms working at home to stripping vital privacy protections from all Americans to forcing many small businesses to close their doors, the PRO Act would radically change our country’s labor laws and lead to a significant regression in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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

 

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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.

 

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BIG LABOR HOLDS DEMOCRATS HOSTAGE IN PUSH FOR PRO ACT

Unions threatening to withhold financial support for Democrats; President Biden appears in awkward and scripted video supporting PRO Act

Click here for fact sheet on union’s history of intimidation and harassment

 

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 union bosses ramping up pressure on Democrats and the Biden administration to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which CDW says will harm America’s workers and small businesses in an effort to boost union coffers.

POLITICO reported last week that union bosses told Senate Democratic leaders that they will withhold support from lawmakers that do not support the PRO Act. Jacobin Magazine, a self-proclaimed news outlet for socialists, reported that the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and unions are teaming up on a campaign to pressure senators to support the PRO Act, which they claim “flipped” Senator Manchin (D-WV) last week. The White House released a video filmed with the United Auto Workers (UAW) about the PRO Act where President Biden said he is “pushing it hard.”

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“Big Labor is going all out to pressure and even intimidate Members of Congress into passing the anti-worker, privacy invading and job-killing PRO Act. American workers have been rejecting unionization efforts across the country, and now labor bosses want to change to rules to force employees to join the union and fork over their hard-earned income into the labor’s coffers.

“With a long history of using intimidation and harassment against employees and even their own members, union bosses and organizers have now turned their repertoire of tactics against Members of Congress. Democrats risk alienating the vast majority of American workers who are not union members if they capitulate on the radical and overreaching PRO Act.

“From taking away independent contracting jobs from moms working at home to stripping vital privacy protections from all Americans to forcing many small businesses to close their doors, the PRO Act would radically change our country’s labor laws and lead to a significant regression in our recovery from the COVID pandemic.

“One of the most frightening components of the PRO Act is the fact that the law would force employers to hand over personal contact information of employees to labor organizers, even for those employees who have no interest in the union. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers would have the ability to harass and bully workers into joining a union. 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.

“The drastic restructuring of the nation’s labor laws and resulting economic upheaval would cost millions of American jobs, threaten vital supply chains, and greatly diminish opportunities for entrepreneurs and struggling small businesses.”

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

 

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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.

 

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SOCIALIST GROUP CLAIMS CREDIT FOR SENATOR MANCHIN CO-SPONSORING PRO ACT

Democratic Socialists Of America (DSA) Made More Than 500,000 Calls Flipping Senator Manchin On The PRO Act

Washington, D.C. – Major business leaders said today that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin appears to be the latest victim to fall for a campaign led by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to pressure elected officials to support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. After Senator Manchin announced he was co-sponsoring the PRO Act on Monday, the DSA took to social media to laud the success of their campaign where their out-of-state activists reportedly made “500,000 calls” seeking to “flip” Manchin to support the labor organizing legislation.

According to their grassroots website, the DSA is actively promoting their out-of-state phone campaign and encouraging members to keep pressuring targeted legislators: “In our week of action we made 500,000 dials across Arizona, Maine, West Virginia, and Virginia. We talked with thousands of people about why we need to pass the PRO Act … and got them to action with us to pressure their Senators about the bill. We need to keep that pressure up through the month. Join us to make calls!

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), representing more than 600 major business organizations, said they were disappointed that Manchin was persuaded by the DSA campaign and seems to have chosen to side with socialists and union bosses over West Virginia’s workers and small businesses.

“Unfortunately, it appears Senator Manchin was persuaded by a deceptive campaign run by a national socialist organization, which is unlikely to sit well with his constituents who reject their far left agenda,” said Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Chair Kristen Swearingen. “It is our hope Manchin will reconsider co-sponsoring this legislation as his legacy of bipartisanship will be irrevocably tainted should he continue to support a bill that invades employees’ privacy and kills West Virginia businesses and jobs.”

Swearingen went on to say that she hopes by exposing the DSA campaign, Members of Congress in other states would not fall victim to their deceptive campaign.

“I doubt voters in the other states where DSA is operating will take too kindly to their Member of Congress caving to pressures from a socialist and extreme organization, ” said Swearingen.

CDW and its business organizations said the PRO Act would take away vital privacy protections for nearly 90 percent of West Virginia’s workforce.

“The PRO Act would strip away vital privacy rights of the 86 percent of West Virginia’s non-union workers by forcing employers to turn over their personal contact information to union organizers. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers would then be free to harass and bully workers into joining an unwanted union against their will,” stated Swearingen.

CDW also said the 4,800 franchise owners in West Virginia would be upended by the PRO Act by “turning them into middle managers, harming their ability to make a living, and killing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs.”

For more information on the negative impacts of the PRO Act, CLICK HERE.

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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.

 

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CDW STATEMENT ON SENATOR MANCHIN’S CO-SPONSORSHIP OF PRO ACT

Major business leaders say legislation would strip privacy rights from 86 percent of West Virginia’s employees and put thousands of residents out of work.

 Deceptive campaign orchestrated by a national socialist organization.  

 

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 Senator Joe Manchin’s decision to co-sponsor the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“It is very disappointing that Senator Manchin has chosen to side with union bosses over West Virginia’s workers and small businesses, especially during a time of economic turmoil.

“We hope Manchin will reconsider co-sponsoring this legislation as his legacy of bipartisanship will be irrevocably tainted if he supports anti-worker legislation that invades employees’ privacy and will kill West Virginia jobs, while taking the hard-earned income away from small businesses and employees to boost the coffers of organized labor.

“If the PRO Act becomes law, 86 percent of West Virginia’s nonunionized workers would be stripped of vital privacy rights as employers would be forced to turn over their personal contact information to union organizers. With unfettered access to employees, labor organizers would have the ability to harass and bully workers into joining a union against their will. Organizers could show up at a worker’s home, spam them on email and even bully them on social media.

“The 4,800 franchise owners in West Virginia would be upended by the PRO Act by turning them into middle managers and harm these owners from making a living as well as killing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs.

“Unfortunately, it appears Senator Manchin was persuaded by a deceptive phone campaign in West Virginia ran by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). According to Jacobin Magazine, which describes themselves as a ‘leading socialist publication in America’, this out-of-state socialist organization has been running a phone campaign in West Virginia to mislead residents and convince Manchin into supporting this deeply flawed legislation.

“At a time when West Virginian businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 pandemic, this bill would force employers to close permanently and lay off workers. Bottomline, thousands of West Virginians 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.

 

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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.

 

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CDW STATEMENT: BIDEN’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN HURTS SMALL BUSINESS WITH INCLUSION OF PRO ACT

Plan’s inclusion of PRO Act would devastate the U.S. economy and put many small, women- and minority-owned construction contractors out of business

 

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 Biden’s promotion that his infrastructure plan would help small businesses which CDW says will harm America’s workers and small businesses with its inclusion of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“While President Biden attempts to cast his infrastructure plan as a boon for small business, the plan’s inclusion of a radical and overreaching proposal like the PRO Act combined with a corporate tax rate hike would devastate small businesses and our economy during a time of economic turmoil.

“Unfortunately, the inclusion of the PRO Act will force thousands of small, women- and minority-owned businesses and contractors to close permanently and lay off workers – missing out on any benefit of increased infrastructure spending.

“Franchised businesses, with over 30 percent being minority-owned, would be upended by the PRO Act and harm these owners from making a living as well as killing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs in the minority community of opening their own business.

“By enacting California’s failed ‘ABC test’ into law, the PRO Act would also hinder opportunities for individuals to work independently through traditional independent contractor roles or gig economy platforms by reclassifying workers as employees. As a result, many workers would lose their independent contractor status and the freedom and flexibility that comes with it, such as determining their own hours, what work they choose to do and how they perform that work.

“The drastic restructuring of the nation’s labor laws and resulting economic upheaval would cost millions of American jobs, threaten vital supply chains, and greatly diminish opportunities for entrepreneurs and struggling small businesses.

“At a time when thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and employees retained during the COVID-19 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.

 

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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.

 

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