Dems Introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019

From left to right: Rep. Bobby Scott, Sen. Patty Murray and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Image credit: The Stand

After failing to enact the ‘Employee Free Choice Act’ a decade ago, Democrats introduced an even more “PRO” union bill on Thursday.

WASHINGTON, DC—A decade after failing to enact the misleadingly-named “Employee Free Choice Act” (EFCA), on Thursday, House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation that would, if enacted, make EFCA look mild and radically overhaul the National Labor Relations Act.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019 was introduced in the House by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA.) and in the Senate by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

Similar to Bernie Sanders’ “Workplace Democracy Act,” the so-called “PRO Act” is solely designed to help unions by removing virtually all employer opposition to unionization.

In addition to banning usage of permanent replacement of economic strikers, the bill literally removes “employer standing in representation cases” and outlaws so-called “captive audience meetings.”

According to a press release issued by Rep. Scott’s office, the “PRO” Act would:

  • “Establish penalties on predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights, and combat misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.”
  • “Strengthen workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions.”
  • “Create a mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract.”
  • “Authorize unions and employers to negotiate agreements that allow unions to collect fair-share fees that cover the costs of representation.”
  • “Streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations.”
  • “Protect the integrity of union elections against coercive captive audience meetings.”

A section-by-section breakdown of the bill provides greater details.

PRO Act Section by Section on Scribd



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