The PA Chamber was pleased to offer the broad-based business community a free webinar last week that offered details on the “Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act” and gave participants an opportunity to have questions answered on how this far-reaching, anti-business, anti-worker bill would impact Pennsylvania’s employer community.
The PRO Act would upend decades of established labor law including: undermining the right for employees to cast a private ballot during union elections; forcing employers to turn over their workers’ personal contact information to unions – including cell phone numbers and home addresses – even if an employee objects; and inhibiting workers from decertifying a union if they grow to oppose it.
The program featured an engaging dialogue between labor law experts Glenn Spencer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Adam Long and Adam Santucci of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr moderated the discussion. The panelists warned of the significant impact this measure would have on the private sector and described the bill as simply a power grab by Big Labor to garner more dues-paying members and increase their political capital.
Unfortunately, the PRO Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in March and likely stands only one Senate vote away from becoming law, since President Biden has indicated he would sign the bill. We are calling on Pennsylvania’s business community to reach out to Senators Toomey and Casey and urge them to oppose this legislation and keep the Senate operating procedures intact. Click here to send an e-mail today!
The webinar’s feature discussion also highlighted attempts by supporters of the PRO Act to fast-track this misguided proposal through the Senate by eliminating the filibuster rule – which has historically been used by both parties and is a time-honored component of Senate operating procedures aimed at respecting the rights of the minority party. A recording of the webinar is available here.