On July 25, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace testified before a House subcommittee on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 2474), which would jeopardize workers’ privacy, constitutional rights and freedoms if passed. This legislation currently has 186 Democrat cosponsors and is essentially a “union boss wish list,” as Ranking Member Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) described it in his opening statement.
CDW, which is comprised of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses in the United States, has been leading the opposition to the PRO Act. In testimony before the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions on behalf of the CDW, G. Roger King, senior labor and employment counsel at HR Policy Association, said the bill would take the country’s labor laws backward and hurt many employers, employees and independent contractors.
There are currently 27 states that have adopted “right-to-work” laws, which guarantee workers can seek employment without fearing they will be required to join or pay dues to a union if they are hired. The PRO Act would remove these protections and effectively take away workers’ right not to join a labor union. In addition, this bill would strip away workers’ right to secret ballots elections, as well as their privacy rights. Forcing employers to divulge their workers’ private information, like home addresses, shift schedules, telephone numbers and personal email addresses, to unions is another radical provision in the PRO Act and a fundamental breach of privacy that could lead to unwanted harassment.
You can read King’s full testimony here.