Grothman Statement on the Passage of the PRO Act
Today, Congressman Glenn Grothman (WI-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Grothman voted no on this bill.
“Under this bill, the employer is forced to hand over the telephone number, the email, and the address of each employee to the union,” said Grothman. “I believe in the importance of protecting people’s privacy. To say that unions have the right to know every member’s home address and turn it over to who knows how many functionaries, I find very offensive. I would find it very scary if an employee came home one night to find someone waiting there for them to talk about a union election.
“It is hard for me to believe that the Democratic party, who purport to be in favor of protecting working Americans, in particular, working women, would champion a bill that amounts to the forced turnover of employees’ private information.
“A huge concern in this bill are the rules on how union elections are administered. These are not provisions that will help workers, they are gifts to union leadership that allow ambush elections. Here in Wisconsin, voters in state and federal elections are given two months’ notice from the time candidates have filed to the date of the election, which is guaranteed as secret-ballot. Under this bill, union leaders can call elections with as little as 11-days notice and in many circumstances workers are not afforded the right to a secret ballot. It is appalling that those voting for this bill did not want to give union workers the same rights in their elections as voters have in elections for public office.
“There are unnecessary and burdensome changes to the joint employer rule. These changes will put miles of red tape on small business franchisees that would devastate the industry. Franchises fall under the umbrella of a corporation, but the franchisees are our friends and neighbors. The changes this bill makes to the joint employer rule will burden these local store owners with liabilities that should fall on the shoulders of the corporation. This is another swipe at small business owners that will have a negative effect on our communities and will likely lead to the loss of jobs.
“The Committee on Education and Labor, of which I am a member, has jurisdiction over the PRO Act, but was barred by house Democratic leadership from holding any hearings or markups of this bill. So, I was only able to offer one amendment to the bill during the House Rules Committee Markup. My amendment would have ensured people know what they are getting into by joining a union by requiring unions to provide all pertinent information on a union authorization card when presented to an employee, such as notice that the union will be the employees only collective bargaining representative and the dues and fees that will be charged by the union. Unfortunately, both this and several other amendments I supported that would have improved the bill were rejected by the majority party.”
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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) is serving his fourth term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.