Workers’ disenchantment with union representation has created a real crisis for union bosses. But instead of increasing transparency and accountability to serve their members better, union leaders are exerting their political influence to demand radical national labor laws that would allow them to consolidate power, coerce workers, line their own pockets, and bolster their own political agendas.
H.R. 2474, the "Protecting the Right to Organize" (PRO) Act
Hearings and Markups
WSJ Opinion: Big Labor’s Big Crooks March 6, 2020
"Union bosses have a long history of cheating workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues. It’s no surprise that yesterday’s top headlines included federal prosecutors charging former UAW President Gary Jones, the leader of the union, with embezzling more than $1 million in union dues, racketeering, and tax evasion..."
Democrats Cave to Union Boss Pressure, Pass Radical #PROUnionBosses Act February 6, 2020
"Today, House Democrats passed the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a radical, far-reaching bill that will allow union bosses to consolidate power, coerce workers, line their own pockets, and bolster their own political agenda..."
Foxx Urges Lawmakers to Oppose Union Boss Wish List February 6, 2020
"Today, the House will vote on a radical, backwards-looking bill that will diminish the rights of workers and employers alike while harming the economy and providing a political gift to union bosses. The so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act is opposed by thousands of small business owners, trade associations, and free market organizations around the country..."
ICYMI: The PRO Act is bad for employees, economy February 5, 2020
"Ahead of this week’s vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA), Republican Member of the Education and Labor Committee, penned an op-ed for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette highlighting the many devastating impacts the PRO Act will have on our nation’s workers and job creators..."
Ahead of PRO Act Vote, Foxx and Walberg Urge Democrats to Investigate Union Corruption January 30, 2020
“In the time since our second letter was sent to you in November, the two previous UAW Presidents were formally implicated as members of a racketeering enterprise within the union, and the current President—who took over because of the corruption allegations against the former Presidents—has come under federal investigation as well. The racketeering enterprise, highlighted in a new criminal filing against a former UAW Regional Director, embezzled more than $1.5 million in union funds...Instead of investigating the UAW’s egregious wrongdoings, Committee Democrats are ignoring union corruption and lobbying their leadership to pass radical legislation that would overturn all state right-to-work laws—forcing workers who don’t want to join a union to hand over their hard-earned union dues to possibly fund illegal activity...”
Foxx, Walberg Slam Union Corruption Scandal, Reiterate Call to Dems to Investigate November 14, 2019
"In the time since our original letter was sent to you, the current and previous presidents of the UAW have been accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to embezzle more than $1 million in union member dues, forcing the current president to take a leave of absence; a sixth former UAW official has pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and fraud; a 12th and 13th person have been charged in this brazen scandal; and Committee Democrats on a party-line vote passed H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, a sweeping union boss wish-list that will increase the likelihood of similar instances of wrongdoing in the future...”
Democrats Pass Union Boss Wish List at Workers Expense September 25, 2019
"The bill before us takes our labor laws backwards. The future of work in America should not be governed by the radical and coercive policies contained in this legislation..."
Foxx, Walberg Urge Committee Dems to Investigate Union Corruption September 19, 2019
“Given this Committee’s jurisdiction over the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) and other federal statutes governing labor-management relations, we believe it is essential the Committee confront the widespread, brazen lawbreaking by union leaders who purport to represent nearly 150,000 American autoworkers but have betrayed their trust in favor of self-enrichment..."
About that hearing (“Pro Act” Edition) May 9, 2019
"The radical and misguided “PRO Act” (H.R. 2474) hurts the American worker, infringes on his or her individual privacy and Constitutional rights, and does nothing to contribute to a more lucrative and thriving economy..."
Empower Workers, Not Union Bosses March 26, 2019
"Federal law unequivocally protects workers’ right to organize, and Republicans and Democrats respect this right. Nevertheless, organized labor has pushed for changes to federal labor laws that would give union bosses even more power than they already have today..."
Letters of Opposition
National Association of Home Builders
"Implementation of this legislation would come at the cost of small businesses and their workers – stifling communications, infringing on privacy, and stripping the balance from labor-management relations..."
Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association
"The motor vehicle supplier industry has long had a balanced and productive relationship between employers and employees with respect to labor and workforce rules. However, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474) would shift that balance, resulting in greater costs imposed on suppliers, impacting their ability to manage their workforce and provide jobs..."
Independent Electrical Contractors
“The purpose of this legislation is simply to increase union membership through drastic changes to well-established labor law at the expense of the rights of employees and employers…”
National Retail Federation
"H.R. 2474 would eliminate workers' free choice in union elections, critical privacy rights and right-to-work protections..."
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
"H.R. 2474 would drastically reshape the construction industry and America's workplaces by stripping employees and employers of their constitutionally protected rights and hand power over to politically powerful union bosses..."
National Restaurant Association
“This legislation attempts to resurrect failed overreaching policies from the previous administration in an aggressive partisan power-grab that would bolster the power of unions over the interests of employees and their employers...”
60+ Groups to Congress: Defend American Workers from Union Coercion and Oppose the Pro Act
“We oppose the PRO Act because the legislation would harm workers and taxpayers by codifying many Obama-era rules and decisions that led to higher unemployment and a stagnant economy...”
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
"This bill would abolish any sense of balance between union rights and employer rights in labor organizing and negotiations by explicitly eliminating employers as a party in elections to determine if a union would represent that employer's workforce..."
International Franchise Association
"Plainly stated, this legislation would eradicate the franchise business model, which is comprised over 733,000 establishments that employ over 7 million individuals and contribute $674.4 billion of economic output to the U.S. economy..."
American Hotel and Lodging Association
"Our employees are the backbone of our hotels, but without stable and reliable rules and regulations around our workforce, we cannot thrive and continue to offer lifelong careers in our industry..."
Competitive Enterprise Institute
"The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (H.R. 2474) would radically overhaul United States labor relations law to facilitate labor union organizing without regard to the negative consequences on workers, consumers, employers, and the economy..."
American Pipeline Contractors Association
"Like the misguided EFCA, the PRO Act contains provisions that would allow arbitrators with no business experience and no accountability to set contract terms. The arbitrator's decision would be compulsory, regardless of whether the parties find the terms unacceptable or the arbitrator miscalculated what the company can actually afford..."
Power and Communication Contractors Association
"PCCA opposes the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) Act (HR 2474), which is little more than an attempt to increase union membership at any cost..."
National Association of Manufacturers
"As introduced, the bill erodes the rights of America's workers by stripping them of their privacy, their wages, and their freedom of choice..."
National Federation of Independent Business
"The small business economic engine is on fire. Small businesses are investing in their businesses by creating jobs, increasing compensation, and purchasing new equipment. Infringing upon the freedoms of small business owners and their employees will cause crippling economic damage..."
Society for Human Resource Management
"This legislation requires the disclosure of employees' home addresses, work locations, shifts, job classifications; and, if available, cell and landline numbers along with work and personal email addresses – personally identifiable information that deserves the utmost protection..."
Associated General Contractors of America
"While the bill purports to help workers, it actually strips away many of their rights and privacies while expanding opportunities to coerce law-abiding employers, thereby hurting the economy and upsetting a delicate balance of rights and restrictions established by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the courts, and Congress..."
What They're Saying
The Wall Street Journal: Big Labor’s Big Crooks March 5, 2020
Independent Women's Forum: Congress Pushes Anti-Woman, Anti-Worker PRO Act February 4, 2020
Times of San Diego: Opinion: Echoing California’s AB 5, Congress Now Threatens Independent Contractors February 4, 2020
Insider NJ: Anti-Independent Contractor Law AB5 Is Not Working in California; Other States and Congress Must Avoid the Same Devastating Mistake February 3, 2020
Fox Business: Bill targeting 'right-to-work' laws set for House vote February 3, 2020
The Detroit News: Republican lawmakers call for hearing on 'growing corruption scandal' at UAW January 30, 2020
The Hill: Democrats lurching leftward exemplified with new labor bill November 18, 2019
Washington Free Beacon: House Dems Ignore Call to Investigate UAW After Taking Hundreds of Thousands in Union Cash November 15, 2019
The Epoch Times: House Democrats Move Bill to Abolish Right-to-Work Laws September 24, 2019
The Detroit News: Opinion: Congress protects UAW members as strike continues September 23, 2019
Washington Free Beacon: House Republicans Call on Dems to Investigate Union Corruption September 20, 2019
The Hill: Congress must reject Big Labor-backed PRO Act September 19, 2019
The Hill: PRO Act's stealth 'card check' option gives unions unfair advantage August 9, 2019
Sonoran News: Democrats’ forced labor unionization bill threatens jobs, tramples rights July 26, 2019
Townhall: The PRO Act Is Anti-worker June 28, 2019
Townhall: PRO Act Is Anything But Pro-Worker June 26, 2019
The Hill: New name, same bad ideas: Democrats introduce union wish list May 4, 2019