Recently President Joe Biden stated that “every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.” This freedom of choice is rooted in what it is to be an American which many around the world don’t have the privilege to enjoy. These freedoms are fundamental liberties that just last week the House of Representatives voted to abolish these freedoms by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Now you may or may not have heard about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act due to the absent media coverage, or just the fact the House has pushed the PRO Act through in order to take advantage of a crisis that those Democrats didn’t want to lose. The PRO Act will strip you of your rights, hand you over to the unions, and destroy small businesses everywhere.
By this time, you may be wondering what does it do? An article released earlier this week by Akash Chougule of The Hill summarizes this piece of legislation almost perfectly.
“The PRO Act would upend more than 70 years of established law to achieve its singular goal of tilting the playing field in favor of union organizers, against workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. It would do so by making dozens of significant changes, including banning right-to-work. Right-to-work is the law in 27 states, allowing workers to decide for themselves whether to join and pay a union and creates a significant economic advantage including greater employment growth and higher cost-of-living adjusted income. The PRO Act would force tens of millions of workers to pay for union representation they do not want or need.
Additionally, the PRO Act would codify the so-called “ABC” test to narrow independent contracting, overnight threatening the livelihoods of tens of millions of freelancers who enjoy their flexibility by reclassifying them as “employees,” subjecting them to collective bargaining and all the rigidity and costs that a union brings. This same language was codified in California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 5 and eliminated the careers of tens of thousands of workers. The PRO Act would do the same nationwide amid a pandemic during which millions have relied on the entrepreneurial opportunity that independent contracting allows.
Moreover, the PRO Act would levy costly fines on businesses if they so much as accidentally misinterpret the ABC test. A small business and its owner could each be hit with a fine of as much as $100,000 — more than enough to shut down a mom-and-pop shop and bankrupt a small business owner.
The PRO Act goes even further to assault workers’ rights. It would force employers to provide union organizers with employees’ personal information including home addresses, cellphone numbers, and personal email addresses, all without employee consent. Under certain circumstances, employees could also be deprived of the right to vote on unionization in a secret ballot election, and instead be forced to declare their vote publicly in front of a union organizer. Secret ballots protect our freedom of conscience when we determine our representation in government. The PRO Act would deprive that same freedom of conscience for employees determining representation at work.”
The Democrats are selling this piece of legislation to the American People as a piece that “protects workers’ rights.” At the end of the day, that is simply not the truth. The PRO Act will empower the corrupt unions and pad the union leaders bank accounts with all the influx of cash. America will be put at the mercy of these unions every whim. This PRO Act will be pushed through the Senate by the Democrats in an attempt to gain even more power with the unions.