Congressional Democrats Introduce Pro-Union Legislation

Date: May 7, 2019

Last week, Democrats formally introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act with 100 cosponsors in the House (H.R.2474) and 40 in the Senate (S.1306). The PRO Act sponsors provided a fact sheet and section-by-section analysis on the bill, which is nearly identical to last session’s Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act (H.R. 6080, 115th Congress).

MEMA will oppose this bill, which attempts to implement several highly contentious policies from the Obama administration that have been struck down by courts, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress, or abandoned by the Trump Administration. Some of the policies include codifying the Obama-era joint-employer standard, banning right-to-work laws, forcing union representation without an election, and undermining independent contractor status.

On Wednesday, the House Education & Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the bill.  MEMA expects the Committee will mark up the bill shortly thereafter, with Democratic Leadership bringing the bill to the House floor as early as this summer.

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