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Protecting the Right to Organize Act

On March 9, House Democrats forced through the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474 (Senate companion, S. 420). This radical legislation includes dozens of provisions that would violate workers’ free choice and privacy rights, force unions on employees who have voted against such representation, cost millions of American jobs, threaten vital supply chains, and greatly hinder our economic recovery from COVID-19. The bill boosts union membership at the expense of American workers and small businesses.

Some of the most egregious provisions would:

  • strip away workers’ privacy rights and key protections guaranteeing workers’ free choice through secret ballots in union representation elections;
  • curb opportunities for people to work independently through gig economy platforms or more traditional independent contractor roles;
  • require workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment even in the twenty-seven states that have enacted Right-to-Work protections;
  • force small businesses who rely on independent contractors to lay off workers and potentially close;
  • change the legal standard for joint-employer liability, reducing opportunities for our country’s small and local businesses through subcontracts, licensing, and franchising;
  • violate employers’ right to attorney-client confidentiality on complex labor law issues, making it harder for businesses, particularly small businesses, to secure legal advice;
  • impose government control over private contracts;
  • infringe on the due process rights of employers; and
  • expose the economy to a flood of “blackmail” strikes used by unions to attack businesses simply to destroy the business and for anti-competitive purposes, even though these tactics were overwhelmingly banned by bipartisan majorities in Congress in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These attacks are different than those unions can lawfully bring against companies it has targeted for organizing or as part of a dispute over labor practices.

With this legislation Congressional Democrats are attempting to implement labor law policies that have previously been rejected by the judicial system, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress, and/or withdrawn by the agencies that prior administrations tried to use to implement the policies unilaterally.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 is launching 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

One-Pager

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 | Cleveland.com | 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