Protecting the Right to Organize Act

On March 9, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842, S. 420). This radical legislation includes dozens of provisions, some of which 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 Congressional Democrats 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labor law policies that were rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress, and/or withdrawn by the agencies that the prior administration tried to use to implement the policies unilaterally. 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 has launched an extensive campaign in order to educate both lawmakers and the public about the detrimental consequences of this legislation.


Educational Content:

PRO Act Fact Sheet


Provision Overview

Explanatory Video

Union Intimidation

Union Corruption

PRO Act Hurts Minorities


CDW Activity Opposing the PRO Act:

Letter to Congress Opposing the PRO Act (March 2021)

Letter to House Prior to Vote on PRO Act (Jan 2020)

Letter to House Opposing PRO Act (Nov 2019)

Letter to Senate Opposing PRO Act (Nov 2019)

Letter to House Committee Opposing PRO Act (Sept 2019)

Letter to House Opposing H.R. 2474 (June 2019)

Letter to Senate Opposing S. 1306 (June 2019)

Letter to House Subcommittee Opposing H.R. 2474 (May 2019)


Opinion Pieces Opposing the PRO Act:

Maine’s senators Collins and King should oppose PRO Act | Portland Press Herald | March 30, 2021

The PRO Act is a huge blow to American workers’ freedom and privacy | Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) | The Augusta Chronicle | March 29, 2021

The PRO Act Fails American Workers | Reps. Michelle Steel (R-CA) and Burgess Owens (R-UT) | Daily Caller | March 25, 2021

PRO Act infringes on the privacy rights of workers | Washington Times | March 24, 2021

The PRO Act threatens our economic recovery | Rep. James Comer (R-KY) | Washington Examiner | March 22, 2021

The PRO Act nationalizes the worst of California’s policies | Rep. Kim Young (R-CA) | The Hill | March 17, 2021

PRO Act Would Strip Employees’ Right to Privacy and Likely Put Them Out Of A Job | CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen | Townhall | March 9, 2021

Kuster & Pappas Willing To Sacrifice NH Privacy For Political Favors | The Union Leader | March 12, 2020

Forcing workers to join unions is not the American way — and certainly not the SC way | Rep. William Timmons (R-SC) | The State | March 5, 2020

Big Labor’s Payoff Day | WSJ Editorial Board | Wall Street Journal | February 10, 2020

The PRO Act won’t do anything to help workers. It’s a plan to empower Dems’ Big Labor allies: Andy Puzder | Andy Puzder | Fox Business | February 10, 2020

Liberals in Congress seek to punish right-to-work states, strangle gig economy | Rep. French Hill (R-AR) | Washington Examiner | Feb 6, 2020

Protecting the Right to Monopolize? What the PRO Act Means to Small Businesses | Morning Consult | Feb 5, 2020

Opinion: Echoing California’s AB 5, Congress Now Threatens Independent Contractors | Times of San Diego | Feb 4, 2020

Leading retailers are pro-worker — why isn’t the PRO Act? | The Hill | Feb 1, 2020

Tell Rep. Joyce to vote against union-backed PRO Act | | Jan 29, 2020

If Congress cares about jobs, the economy, workers’ rights, it should say no to the PRO Act: Rep. Fred Keller | Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA) | Fox Business | Jan 28, 2020

Commentary: Pelosi’s ‘PRO Act’ puts special interests over SC workers and economy | The Post and Courier | Jan 23, 2020

The PRO Act’s many consRoll Call | Dec 6, 2019

Democrats lurching leftward exemplified with new labor bill | Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) | The Hill | Nov 18, 2019

Congress must reject Big Labor-backed PRO Act | Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) | The Hill | Sept 19, 2019