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June 17, 2019

MSCI Objects To House Bill That Would Alter “Well-Established” Labor Laws

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), which the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) is a member of, has sent a letter signed by 148 organizations opposing H.R. 247, the PRO Act, which, as Connecting the Dots reported previously, attempts to implement a number of highly contentious policies from the Obama administration that have been struck down by courts, opposed on a bipartisan basis in Congress or have been abandoned by the federal agencies charged with implementing them. These include, but are not limited to, codifying the Obama-era joint-employer standard into law, forcing union representation without an election and undermining independent contractor status.

In the letter, MSCI and its partners explained H.R. 247 and the companion bill that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate “would make radical changes to well-established law, diminish employees’ rights to privacy and association, destroy businesses, and threaten entire industries that have fueled innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.” The House bill has 154 cosponsors and lawmakers in that chamber are expected to try to advance the bill through committee in the coming months.

Click here to read the full letter and here to access the CDW’s fact sheet about the legislation.