PROAct

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The PRO Act

H.R. 842 passed the United States House on March 9th, 2021, and was transmitted to the United States Senate, where it was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. It has not yet received a Senate hearing.

Major Provisions

Reduces the power of unionbusters
Under current labor law, during an organizing election employers can require employees to attend daily meetings run by unionbusters to pressure them into dropping support for the union, or suffer consequences including being fired. The PRO Act would ban that practice, known as captive audience meetings, and would require employers to disclose to employees when they hire unionbusting consultants and how much money the employer is spending to stop them from organizing.

Modernizes union elections
The PRO Act would allow workers to vote remotely and would allow for organizing elections to take place in neutral environments instead of the employers' premises. It would also speed up the time between a succesful union election and workers ratifying their first contract; currently, nearly half of all newly-formed unions don't result in a contract within a year, because of intransigence and resistence from management.

Requires free riders to chip in
So-called "right to work" laws result in employees covered by union contracts avoiding any financial responsibility to their coworkers and the union the represents them, and it is illegal for a union to treat a free rider any differently from a full member. The PRO Act would end free riders and ensure that everyone who benefits from the collective bargaining agreement supports its upkeep.

Brings justice to workers in the "gig economy" and those who are the victims of loopholes
As we've seen, gig economy workers are among the most exploited workers in America today, and gig economy corporate giants have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop state laws from bringing them relief. The PRO Act would define gig economy workers as employees of their employer where it is appropriate, as well as ensuring that workers aren't misclassified and excluded from labor rights.

Authorizes the National Labor Relations Board to meaningfully enforse its own rulings
Unlike other federal agencies, the NLRB must wait for the Court of Appeals to enforce a decision that it reaches, resulting in workers who have been wronged waiting for years for relief. The PRO Act would empower the NLRB to enforce its own rulings, as well as authorizing it to levy meaningful penalties on the worst offenders.

Re-legalizes solidarity
With the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, workers were no longer able to take meaningful economic action against an employer that is exploiting employees in another workplace. These actions, such as refusing to handle products of a business accused of harming workers, was a powerful show of solidarity among working people, and because it was so effective it was banned by Congress in 1947 over the veto of President Harry Truman. The PRO Act would lift this ban, allowing workers to show solidarity across economic sectors and legally decline to support bad businesses in the workplace.

What You Can Do

Call our United States Senators from Arizona and tell them to cosponsor and vote for the PRO Act:
Senator Mark Mark Kelly:

  • D.C. Office: (202) 224-2235
  • AZ Office: (602) 671-7901

Senator Kyrsten Sinema

  • D.C. Office: (202) 224-4521
  • AZ Office: (602) 598-7327