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Labor Gets Wishlist Bill Passed In House


Labor Gets Wishlist Bill Passed In House

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill that would tilt the scales of labor law unequivocally in favor of organized labor. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would bring about a radical shift in labor relations and could even reverse the steady decline of unionization seen in this country since the 1950s. To reach this goal, the PRO Act takes aim at virtually every pro-employer right, outlawing and replacing them with a Frankenstein-like collection of pro-labor protections. What do employers need to know about the bill passed on February 6, and what could the future hold?

Summary Of The PRO Act

The PRO Act, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, would do the following:

What’s Next And What Do Employers Need To Know?

The bill passed the House last week by a vote of 224-194. However, the Trump administration has indicated it would veto it if it passed the Senate, and the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to put the law up for a vote. In other words, the chances of the bill actually becoming law in 2020 is virtually impossible. 

However, the bill serves as a litmus test for Democrats in their support for labor’s agenda in the coming election season. Moreover, the PRO Act could serve as a harbinger for an eventual pro-labor bill that could gain traction in D.C. should there be a change in the political winds in the White House or Senate in 2020.

Employers should pay attention to this bill and others along the same lines that will crop up in the coming months. We will continue to monitor further developments and provide updates, so you should ensure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ alert system to gather the most up-to-date information. If you have questions, please contact your Fisher Phillips attorney or a member of the firm’s Labor Relations Practice Group.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific federal bill. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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