By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
On Feb. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The legislation was a high priority for House Democrats and organized labor in this session of Congress and passed on a near party-line vote of 224-193 with five Republicans breaking with their ranks.
Some of the key provisions in the bill amend the National Labor Relations Act and related labor laws by:
- revising the definition of “employee” and “supervisor” so that employers are prohibited from classifying employees as “contractors” to exempt them from labor law protections;
- prohibiting the termination or discrimination of workers who participate in strikes;
- prohibiting employers from requiring employees to attend meetings that discourage union membership; and
- removing barriers that would otherwise prohibit workers from participating in class action lawsuits.
The legislation now moves to the Senate, where the Republican majority is not expected to take any action on the bill. Nonetheless, PHCC will continue to monitor any potential movement on this bill and keep our membership apprised.
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association