Empowered Workers. Free and Fair Workplaces.

For the last decade, workers and businesses have suffered from politically motivated public policies that have eroded worker rights and hurt small businesses, the backbone of the U.S. economy. Employers and employees alike are ready to turn the page on this outdated view of workforce policy that weighs down the economy with mandates and regulations, and look forward to policies that foster robust employer-employee engagement to ensure the protections and rights of workers, to promote economic growth, and to create an environment where employers have the flexibility to innovate and implement policies that work for the employer, employee and customer.

We are hopeful that a new Administration will pursue a different direction than their predecessor and correct the damaging government policies and regulations in the months and years ahead. Americans need their elected representatives in Congress to step forward and stop the policies that reward well-connected insiders in Washington, D.C. and hurt Main Street USA. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue; it is a pro-worker issue.

This is why the Workforce Fairness Institute is undertaking a campaign to fight for American employees and employers by showing the public both the positive and negative actions taken by elected officials and their agents on worker and workplace policies. Not only will we undertake an aggressive public relations effort, we will also score and rank Members of Congress based on their deeds, not their words, so the public has a clear picture of who among our elected leaders is really pro-worker and pro-growth. It is time to get tough with Congress on behalf of workers. Saying the right things just doesn’t cut it. It’s time for freedom and fairness in the workplace. It’s time for action. And it is time for America’s workforce to know who are the true champions on their issues.

WFI Mission

We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace and the right to freely chose whether to organize or not. We believe that no individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. We believe that workers, management and unions, when freely elected, can and should work together to create a harmonious productive workplace environment and to jointly support policies that protect workers and support economic growth. We believe our elected leaders must do more to protect workers’ rights as well as legitimate management prerogatives; and not allow unelected government bureaucrats to make rules and stretch the law for the partisan benefit of one side and not the commonwealth.

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

TELL CONGRESS: STOP THE PRO ACT

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining. 

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces representation on employers and employees without a vote of approval, and exposes workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start. 

Tell your representative today to vote "NO" on the PRO Act. 

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AZ Daily Sun--Coconino Voices: PRO Act legislation would hurt local businesses

— 05.13.2021 —
By: Julie Pastrik Arizona businesses and workers have had an incredibly challenging year given the economic slowdown that followed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, local businesses and industries across the state are resilient and on the road to a strong recovery that will mean more jobs for Arizona workers and increased economic development to strengthen our communities. That is, as long as Congress does not move forward with potentially devastating legislation that would hurt local employers and employees alike while impeding our state’s economic recovery. Unfortunately, some members of Congress seem determined to do just that by pushing through the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. As harmless as the name may sound, the PRO Act would have serious repercussions for local businesses, particularly smaller ones, while undermining long-standing rights for employees and threatening the growing gig economy that has helped provide much-needed income for so many during this time. Arizona is fortunate to have leaders like Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, who have both refrained from joining the vast majority of their Democratic colleagues in cosponsoring the PRO Act. In a slap in the face to Arizona workers, the PRO Act removes one of the most fundamental rights a worker has when it comes to voting in elections to determine whether to unionize: the secret ballot. Instead, workers could be forced to sign union authorization cards in front of other employees, their employer, or union organizers. This bill would also destroy workers’ right to privacy by allowing unions access to personal information, including their home address and personal phone number. If that doesn’t open the door to union intimidation and harassment, I don’t know what does. As if that was not bad enough, the PRO Act would create major new challenges for Arizona businesses, making it harder for them to create jobs, expand in their communities, and even keep their doors open. It would redefine what it means to be a “joint employer” under national labor law, greatly complicating existing relationships between franchisors and franchisees as well as between business owners, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors and suppliers. At the same time, it would interfere with attorney-client confidentiality and make it much more difficult for small businesses to secure a legal advice on labor issues. Particularly harmful during these times, the PRO Act would apply a failed policy from California to national labor law by using the “ABC” test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. This makes it much harder to qualify as an independent contractor, threatening the freedom and flexibility that tens of thousands of Arizonans find in independent contracting and gig economy work. Ultimately, the PRO Act is bad public policy that only works for union leaders to inflate their falling ranks while threatening workers’ rights, undermining small businesses, and jeopardizing a growing part of our economy. This is not a good solution for Arizona, and Senators Sinema and Kelly should stay firm and not cosponsor this misguided legislation.
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