CCAGW Vote Alert: Oppose the PRO Act | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Vote Alert: Oppose the PRO Act

Letters to Officials

January 31, 2020

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to reject H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

The PRO Act appears to be designed to protect employees, but it would have many harmful effects on workers and their freedom.

H.R. 2474 would federally mandate California’s disastrous “ABC test” to determine if a worker is an employee or a contractor. The ABC test is wreaking havoc on doctors, lawyers, hairdressers, freelance writers, newspaper columnists, real estate agents, and others who make a living for themselves. The ABC test is also hurting app-based workers like Uber drivers in California’s gig economy. The one-size-fits-all test doesn’t work there, and it will not work anywhere else.

The PRO Act would also overturn right-to-work laws in 27 states that allow employees to choose for themselves whether to join a union. The bill would force workers in those states to pay millions of dollars from their paychecks to labor unions, even if such workers do not support union political advocacy or wish to be represented by a union. Among the top 10 states that have experienced the highest rates of economic growth, seven are right-to-work states.

This legislation would weaken workers’ right to privacy by requiring employers to share their employees’ personal information with union organizers without an employee’s consent. Employers would be mandated to hand over their workers’ home addresses, personal email, and their landline and mobile phone numbers to union organizers. This could expose workers to intimidation and harassment.

The PRO Act would limit the free-speech rights of employers by denying them of any opportunity to speak before the National Labor Relations Board on any matter pertaining to union representation. Only union representatives would be allowed to speak in such instances.

Furthermore, it would allow illegal immigrants to sue employers and collect financial rewards in greater amounts than non-illegal employees can currently receive.

Finally, this bill would legalize secondary boycotts where employees picket a neutral employer to pressure companies to unionize by leveraging their business partners. This would allow unions to target any business in the United States for any reason.

Under the PRO Act, workers and employers would have fewer choices and fewer rights. Again, I urge you to reject this ill-advised legislation. All votes on H.R. 2474 may be considered for CCAGW’s 2020 Congressional ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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