The deceptively named Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is federal legislation that has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently being considered in the Senate. The bill would hurt Alaska’s small businesses, employees, and residents seeking financial independence. Join us in asking Senators Sullivan and Murkowski to keep Alaska working by standing up against the PRO Act.
Hurt Small Businesses: The legislation would impose additional costs and mandates on small business owners who are already struggling to recover from the pandemic. Adding a bigger financial burden onto entrepreneurs will lead to slower job growth, less innovation, and fewer services available to Alaskans.
Put Worker Privacy in Danger: The bill would expose and release private employee information, including home addresses, personal email addresses, and personal cell phone numbers. Labor organizers will have unfettered access to sensitive information to bolster union organizing—even if the majority of workers don’t want to unionize. Armed with new tools provided by the PRO Act, union leaders could show up on a worker’s doorstep.
Threaten Worker Choice and Freedom: The bill would undermine decision-making power in the workplace by sidestepping secret ballot elections for union organizing—a provision that nearly 7 in 10 voters are concerned about. The new norm for certifying a union would open up workers to peer pressure and intimidation practices that could strip employees of their freewill. Workers should not be strong-armed into joining a union, but rather do so by choice.
Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski,
A big takeover of Alaskan workplaces is being planned in Washington, which will come at the expense of small businesses, their employees, and independent workers. The PRO Act has a lot of big money and lobbying power supporting it, but it’s clear the legislation is bad for Alaska. I hope you will push back against it.
The PRO Act would risk worker privacy; levy additional costs onto small businesses who are already struggling to recover from the pandemic; and strip workers of decision-making power in the workplace. This country was built on the power of the individual. And we don’t need politicians in Washington who are thousands of miles away upending the means by which we make a living.
Thank you for standing up for Alaska’s small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent workers. Keep Alaska working by voting against the PRO Act.