Protecting the Right to Organize Act
On May 2, Democrats in Congress introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474 and S. 1306. This radical legislation includes provisions that would:
- strip away workers’ free choice in union elections as well as their privacy rights;
- codify into law the NLRB’s controversial Browning-Ferris Industries joint-employer standard that has threatened our country’s small and local businesses;
- curb opportunities for people to work independently through gig economy platforms or more traditional independent contractor roles;
- eliminate Right-to-Work protections for workers across the country, including in the twenty-seven states that have passed Right-to-Work laws;
- interfere with attorney-client confidentiality and make it harder for businesses, particularly small businesses, to secure legal advice on complex labor law matters;
- prohibit arbitration agreements in employment contracts;
- infringe on the due process rights of employers; and
- strip away “secondary boycott” protections that prevent unions from using their anti-trust exemptions and immunity from certain state laws to target businesses for anti-competitive purposes other than organizing.
With this legislation the sponsors are attempting to implement Obama-era labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress, and/or abandoned by the agencies asked to enforce them. All of these entities realized those policies violated the law, exceeded the authority granted to the implementing agencies, or would cause serious damage to the American workplace.
CDW is launching an extensive campaign in order to educate both lawmakers and the public about the detrimental consequences of this legislation.
PRO Act Fact Sheet
CDW Letter to House Subcommittee Opposing H.R. 2474