Congressman Fred Keller votes against PRO Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) on Wednesday voted in the House Education and Labor Committee against the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), a Democrat-led giveaway to union bosses that would stifle job creators with untenable mandates and an unpredictable workforce.
Among other things, the PRO Act would impose forced unionization, eliminate employees’ privacy rights by mandating they provide personal information to unions, impose bureaucrat-drafted contracts, eliminate employer rights, codify harmful rules drafted by the Obama National Labor Relations Board, and allow for intermittent strikes – all of which would disrupt the modern economy.
In noting his opposition to the PRO Act, Congressman Keller—who both worked at and managed a factory—argued that the PRO Act would get in the way of self-driven employer-employee relations.
"What we need to do here in Congress is make sure we allow individuals and their employers decide how they want to treat their employer-employee relationship and not have mandates from Washington, D.C. thrust upon them because we think we know better than they do,” Congressman Keller said of the legislation.
Congressman Keller’s full remarks can be seen HERE.
As part of Wednesday’s committee markup of the PRO Act, committee Democrats defeated an amendment offered by Congressman Keller to restore some sense to the legislation and remove the allowance for intermittent striking.
“Imagine what a system that allows for intermittent strikes and bans the replacement of striking workers would do to our economy, our global competitiveness, and the incentive to invest in American workers. Allowing intermittent strikes and banning permanent replacements is great for union bosses but a raw deal for workers, consumers, and small businesses,” Congressman Keller said of his amendment.
The PRO Act will next be considered by the full House.