Second class citizens no more
Five years after a landmark SCOTUS decision, public employees continue exercising their restored freedom of association.
Democrats in Congress have reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) that was originally passed by the House of Representatives in February 2020. Backed by the Biden administration, this legislation would dramatically alter federal labor law and would result in jobs destroyed and income lost during these challenging times.
The PRO Act is the opposite of pro-worker. It puts the interests of labor union bosses ahead of American workers and taxpayers. It is an attack on freedom and choice in the workplace. It is an attempt to handcuff workers to unions by eliminating workers’ constitutionally protected rights and privacies. This bill would undermine the flexibility American workers rely on and need regarding gainful employment.
Included PRO Act provisions:
This legislation would negatively impact millions of American workers, undermining the flexibility and freedom that have empowered workers over the years. Instead, lawmakers should adopt “employment policies that evolve even further to meet the needs of families, consumers, and businesses in the 21st century,” according to Americans for Prosperity.
That would entail:
- Enacting reforms that empower individuals and businesses to use independent contracting as they see fit.
- Providing more flexibility to businesses that want to offer their independent contractors voluntary benefits.
- Allowing independent contractors to use innovative resources, such as digital marketplace companies, to grow their businesses without taking away their independence.
- Putting independent contractors on a more equal playing field in pursuing optional benefits outside of traditional employment models.
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