The "Protecting Workers' Right to Organize" Act

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NANCY PELOSI PUSHES THE HOUSE TO PASS USMCA, BUT NEGLECTS A BILL WITH BROAD SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN UNIONS

...a top priority for labor has been sitting quietly on Pelosi’s desk and, unlike USMCA, already commands enough support to get it over the House finish line. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most comprehensive rewrite of U.S. labor law in decades. It would eliminate right-to-work laws, impose new penalties on employers who retaliate against union organizing, crack down on worker misclassification, and establish new rules so that employers cannot delay negotiating collective bargaining contracts.
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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told The Intercept over email that her union is also urging Congress to pass the PRO Act before the end of the year. “Currently, employers have carte blanche to abuse their power and dissuade workers from joining a union...
 

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I don't understand why these two things are being attached, like the USMCA has something to do with the PRO act?
 
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A few things:

1) Pelosi may just be saving this for a time when it will have better chances passing both houses and being signed.

2) The Act doesn't have anything to do with "workers' rights to organize." It does big financial favors for Big Labor as an institution, not individuals' rights to organize. In several ways it actually tramples workers' rights, such as by depriving them of fair secret-ballot NLRB-supervised elections in favor of stealthy card-check unionizing, and by increasing union access to people's private information.

3) Unions believe that free speech should only apply to union speech in favor of unionizing, whereas speech in opposition to unionizing should be illegal. This is clearly evidenced by the above quote from Randi Weingarten, and there are countless other references by union leaders that employers "abuse employees" when they express opinions against unionizing. Such a notion, that free speech should be illegal when it doesn't support one particular political interest, is wildly anti-American, and even if you love labor unions you should be able to see that. Laws like this PRO Act basically make speech against unions illegal and seek to make the NLRB penalize employer free speech against unions. Unions and Democrats believe unions should basically be able to do anything they want to encourage employees to join a union, but that no employer should be allowed to speak in such a way as to discourage it. If laws like this ever pass, hopefully the SCOTUS strikes them down as unconstitutional free speech violation straight away.