The PRO act, the “Protecting the Right to Organize” Act, reclassifies many independent contractors as traditional salaried employees. With a shift in the working climate, it is no longer realistic for individuals to be forced into being an employee rather than being an independent contract worker. I oppose the PRO act because I believe that workers that want to remain as contract workers should have the ability to do so. Independent contractors should have the ability to maintain their flexibility as a contract worker.
The PRO Act is also a union-friendly bill passed by the House of Representatives that would roll back state right-to-work laws and make union organizing easier. Private employers would be restrained from fending off union organizing drives. This act would protect employers from unions organizing. The legislation would impact a wide swath of the US economy, reclassifying many independent contractors as employees, outlawing the right to work in 27 states. Because the PRO Act would significantly increase labor costs and regulatory burdens on private sector businesses, while decreasing employer flexibility and individual employee freedoms, I oppose this bill.
The PRO act would also:
Overturn “Right to work” laws in 27 states, permitting union ‘closed shop’ bargaining agreements with private employers in every state — agreements which mandate employees join the union and pay dues or lose their jobs.
Reclassify many independent contractors as legal employees - which would be subject to mandatory dues payments and monopoly bargaining.
Redefine the meaning of “joint employer,” subjecting many businesses to potential liability from being deemed joint employers, such as those in franchise agreements with independent businesses or those in other contractor relationships.
Narrows the definition of ‘supervisor,’ enlarging the potential pool of employees subject to union representation.
Prohibit employers from using mandatory arbitration employment agreements with employees, forcing employers nationwide to restructure employment agreements.
Provides that the National Labor Relations Board can ‘order’ and impose union bargaining on an employer while overturning favorable results for an employer in a union certification election, if the union files and prevails on an unfair labor practice charge alleging interference.
“As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, America and California are positioned to achieve economic growth,” said Greg Tanaka. “However, proposals like the PRO Act would threaten to stop this progress, and impose additional burdens on employers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, just as recovery is in sight.”