Global Public Policy
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2474, Protecting the Right to Organize Act (the PRO Act), by a vote of 224 to 194. While this labor union wish list is not likely to move past the Senate or be signed into law this year, it puts many Members of Congress on the record supporting pro-labor policies that they might not have supported if not part of a large package.
The legislation includes several provisions that would make labor organizing far easier by removing aspects of the traditional secret ballot election and hands over employees’ personal information to union bosses.
ICSC’s biggest concerns with this legislation include the codification of the broad joint employer standard that increases liability on retail real estate landlords as well as franchise businesses and the removal of the “secondary boycott” protections that prevent unions from targeting ancillary businesses. As well, the PRO Act would eliminate right-to-work protections for workers in right-to-work states across the country and limit businesses' ability to secure legal advice on complicated labor law matters.
While ICSC believes that labor unions have played an important role in the employer/employee relationship, we have joined more than 200 organizations voicing our opposition to extreme positions taken in this legislation.