This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Big Labor’s longest wish list, the “Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act,” by a vote of 225-206.
Among the many horrendous elements of the legislation are what unions euphemistically refer to as “neutrality agreements,” but what are, in fact, outrageous restrictions on management’s ability to refute union campaign messaging during organizing drives.
This means union representatives, during an effort to unionize a group of employees, could have carte blanche to promise the moon, and the employer would face civil penalties for providing information from their point of view, or even correcting any inaccuracies.
The Freedom Foundation was asked to submit a statement in favor of an amendment drafted by U.S. Rep. Bob Good (D-Va.) that would remove this portion from the legislation, thereby protecting the rights of employers to communicate with their employees about the effects of unionization.
The Freedom Foundation submitted this statement to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Debate on amendments began in the early afternoon and continued into the evening. Unfortunately, Good’s Amendment received no real consideration and the “neutrality agreement” remains in the “PRO Act.”
With one Democrat voting against and five Republicans voting for the “PRO Act,” it’s highly likely the vote margin was so narrow, and the Freedom Foundation’s statement so impactful, that House leadership could not allow the House Members would also be exposed to our arguments.