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Policy and Legal

NAM Doubles Down on PRO Act’s Dangers

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would “devastate workplaces” if enacted, the NAM told the Senate this week.

What’s going on: The PRO Act—introduced in February by Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA) purportedly to expand labor protections—would do significant harm to manufacturers, NAM Director of Labor and Employment Policy Brian Walsh told Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ranking Member Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Tuesday.

What it would do: The PRO Act contains “proposals that would constitute the most radical rewrite of our nation’s employment laws in nearly 100 years,” including:

  • Removal of the right to a secret ballot in union elections and the institution of “card check”
  • Elimination of right-to-work statutes in the 27 states in which they are law
  • Forced payment of union due even by non-union-supporting employees
  • A ban on employers talking to their workers about unions without the involvement of a union representative

What should be done: Walsh urged the committee members “to oppose this misguided attempt to fundamentally restructure American workplaces” and instead put their support behind measures that truly support employees.

  • “We look forward to opportunities to continue working with members of the [c]ommittee … on legislation such as the Employee Rights Act (S. 1201) to advance productive solutions that meet the needs of today’s workers,” he said.
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