• Richard Easson

“PRO Act” in Senate Threatens Gig Workers and Bolsters Unions’ Power

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act was easily passed in the House last night with a 225-206 vote and is on its way to the Senate. The bill has been blasted by critics who say that it would bolster union powers across America and decimate worker rights for independent contractors.

Sadly backed by five Republican representatives and co-sponsored by three, the bill incorporates measures that follow in the footsteps of California’s independent contractor law and would eradicate Right-to-Work laws in 27 states. Right-to-Work laws allow people the ability to work without being forced to join a union or pay union dues and protect nearly 166 million workers – almost half the U.S. population.

This is a huge payoff for Big Labor as they funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democrat Party in their capture of the House, Senate and White House.

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research says that between 2007-2017, the percentage growth of those employed in Right-to-Work states was 8.8% as opposed to 4.2% in forced-union states. In manufacturing, growth between 2012-2017 was 5.5% in Right-to-Work states versus 1.7% in forced-union states. In the private sector, growth from 2007-2017 was 13.0% in Right-to-Work states versus 10.1% in forced-union states.

In a period of time when the economy is still recovering from the pandemic, people need work, and the numbers from forced-union states show that they are no help.

Aside from the bill being positioned by Democrats to destroy the livelihoods of freelancers and the economy even further, it harbors the ability of unions to intimidate and harass workers that do not side with them.

Some disturbing features of the PRO Act include forcing employers to fork over its employees’ personal information such as phone numbers and home addresses. This would enable harassment and bullying to be brought right to an employee’s home.

The bill grants the right to employers to force workers to join its unions as a condition of employment. Recall, unions would be able to force employees to pay dues and forcing someone to pay against their will in order to work is absolutely abhorrent and something the Taft-Harley Act of 1947 sought to eliminate.

Another disturbing feature of the bill is that it would quash key secret ballot protections for workers. Essentially, a worker’s desire to be supported by a union or not would be made public. Again, this would allow for the bullying and intimidation of a worker if they choose not to side with the union.

Just like the H.R. 1 “For the People Act,” this is yet another bill introduced by Democrats in hopes of tightening their grip on the lives of Americans and destroying our freedoms. The PRO Act needs to be killed upon arrival in the Senate if we want to maintain another ounce of freedom while we still have it.