June 28, 2021

With Infrastructure Bill Moving, Businesses Must Keep Speaking Out Against The PRO Act

As U.S. policymakers continue to move forward on a potential infrastructure spending bill, it is important to remember that President Joe Biden has expressed his preference that the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act be passed alongside or within an infrastructure bill.

As Connecting the Dots has reported several times over the last few months, the PRO Act would:

  • Effectively overturn right-to-work laws in 27 states;
  • Allow the firing of workers who opt out of paying unwanted union dues;
  • Strip independent contractors of flexible work arrangements and kill earning opportunities; and
  • Abolish secret ballots and threaten worker privacy in favor of “card check” voting, where union organizers demand that individual workers publicly sign a card in favor of the union.

Not since the Employee Free Choice Act (“card check”) in 2009 have the industrial metals and broader manufacturing industry faced such an urgent threat to business operations and employee relations. With 47 senators now co-sponsoring the PRO Act, the business community needs to contact senators now. There are several simple ways to make the industry’s voice heard:

  • Use this link from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to send an email to senators;
  • Write a letter to senators using this one from NAM as a template;
  • Use the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) a grassroots toolkit, which includes a fact sheet explaining the bill, a video outlining its provisions, and sample letter for individuals to send to members of Congress; and
  • Access the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s one-click advocacy tool to weigh in on social media and use this portal to send a message to U.S. senators.

MSCI urges its members to act now since the U.S. Senate could vote on this legislation this summer or fall.

As a reminder, MSCI has joined with the allies listed above to send letters to lawmakers opposing the PRO Act. Read more here.