Congressman Fred Keller votes against PRO Act

February 6, 2020
Press Release
Introduces amendment to bring common sense to Democrats’ special interest giveaway

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today voted against the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), a far-reaching radical bill that would force more workers into one-size-fits-all union contracts, subject more workers and job creators to union harassment, and increase disruptive and economically painful union strikes and boycotts.


“The PRO Act needlessly inserts more government control into the employee-employer relationship,” Congressman Keller said in speaking in opposition to the bill on the House Floor. “At a roundtable I held with businessowners in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, I heard first-hand how this legislation will negatively impact their ability to grow jobs and raise wages.


“Cloaked in the language of employee protection, the real result of the PRO Act is providing workers with fewer choices, fewer rights, and an inability to speak for themselves.”


Congressman Keller published an Op-Ed in Fox Business last week in opposition to the PRO Act specifically focused on the anti-worker provisions in the legislation. You can read that Op-Ed HERE.


Congressman Keller also introduced an amendment to the PRO Act Thursday which would have removed from the legislation the ability for unions to strike intermittently and banned the hiring of permanent replacements by employers. The amendment was defeated.


“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. “Having worked in the manufacturing sector for over 25 years, I know it is critically important for the overall health of a business to be reliable and keep the doors open so employees can keep their jobs.”


“You cannot be pro-jobs and anti-business,” Congressman Keller said. “If a business cannot do its work, then its purpose no longer exists. Competition will inherently force that business to close. Allowing intermittent striking and banning permanent replacements could force businesses to close their doors permanently.”


The PRO Act passed the House by a vote of 224-194 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.