On March 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, by a vote of 225-206. Five Republicans joined Democrats in pushing this bill forward, while only one Democrat, Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), opposed the bill. The same five Republicans who supported the bill last Congress—John Katko (N.Y.), Michael Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J), Bob Smith (N.J.) and Don Young (Alaska)—voted in favor of the bill along with three moderate Democrats who opposed the bill last Congress: Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.) and Lucy McBath (Ga.).
ABC sent a Key Vote NO letter to U.S. Representatives and led the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and 248 organizations in a letter to Congress opposing the PRO Act, expressing concerns about the effect this legislation would have on a wide range of industries across the country.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is currently subject to a 60-vote threshold. Forty-five Democratic Senators have pledged to support the PRO Act, while only five moderate Democrats are not yet signed on to support the bill: Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Angus King (Maine), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Mark Warner (Va.). It is critical that members continue to contact these offices to urge their opposition to the bill.
CDW has created a grassroots toolkit for ABC chapters and members to use to help educate policymakers about the bill. The toolkit includes a fact sheet on the bill, a video explaining the worst provisions of the legislation, a provision summary and a sample letter you can send to Congress.