Protecting the Right to Organize Act

Status

President Joe Biden continues to back and support provisions in the ABC-opposed Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842/S. 420), which would violate workers’ free choice and privacy rights, force unions on employees who have voted against such representation, cost millions of American jobs and threaten vital supply chains.

On March 9, 2021, the Pro Act passed the U.S. House by a vote of 225-206, and is currently awaiting consideration in the U.S. Senate. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has promised labor leaders that the PRO Act will receive a vote in the Senate if it obtains at least 50 co-sponsors. As of this writing, the bill has the support of 47 Democrats and Independents in the Senate. Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., Mark Kelly, Ariz., and Mark Warner, Va., have not co-sponsored.

On Feb. 4, 2022, the House passed the anti-competitive America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521), which would impose harmful labor policies, including instituting “card-check” provisions for union elections.

On Feb. 7, the White House’s Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment issued its report to President Biden outlining nearly 70 recommendations that, “when implemented, will promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for federal employees and for workers employed by public and private-sector employers.” The task force also advocated for passage of the PRO Act.

 

Desired Outcome

The PRO Act’s harmful provisions would have a devastating impact on construction throughout the nation and cause significant harm to our nation’s economy. Further, the bill’s provisions would produce significant economic costs for the nation’s 27 right-to-work states in an effort to increase union power at the expense of worker freedoms and small businesses, according to a report issued by the American Action Forum on Aug. 13, 2021.

ABC and the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace are leading the fight against the PRO Act, engaging with key audiences to stop this attempt to implement radical labor policies. Visit freeenterprisealliance.org/proact to learn more and take action.