Backgrounder

VIDEO: How the PRO Act Will Harm Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Job Creators

If the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act becomes law, it would weaken worker freedom and protections, increase burdens on small business, and jeopardize the ability of independent workers to support their families.

On March 8, 2021, the Institute for the American Worker partnered with Americans for Prosperity and the State Policy Network to host a virtual briefing about the dangers of the PRO Act. This video is a recording of that live event.  Our line-up of speakers tell their stories about how the PRO Act could take away their rights, jeopardize their ability to earn a living, and harm job creators.

In this briefing, you will hear from the following speakers:

Terry Bowman is a life-long Michigan resident who has worked as an hourly autoworker for over 24 years at Ford Motor Company. He was forced to pay a union before Michigan passed a right-to-work law, giving him the freedom to choose to pay union fees or not. Bowman has spent the last 11 years as a labor-reform activist, testifying in State Legislatures around the country and other government committees in favor of worker freedom.

Karen Anderson is a long-time California freelancer who is fighting for the rights of independent contractors across the state. Her experience with Assembly Bill 5 in California should serve as a warning for how the PRO Act would destroy independent contracting at the national level.

Damon Dunn, founder and managing member of Lagunita Industries, LLC, and a Dunkin Brands franchise owner, will speak about how the PRO Act will affect his business and those of other job creators. Dunn is also a board member of the International Franchise Association and Economics Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute.

Additionally, you will hear expert analysis from the following speakers:

• Akash Chougule, Vice President of the Economic Opportunity Initiative from Stand Together Chamber of Commerce

• F. Vincent Vernuccio, Founder and President of Institute for the American Worker

 

Find out more about the PRO Act in our backgrounder.