The Right to Organize Act, or PRO, is a radical piece of legislation that will rewrite our nation’s labor laws in at least 51 different ways. Passed by the House earlier this year, the bill has 47 co-sponsors in the Senate, all Democrats. The Sangh and their allies are not waiting for more support. Instead, they are determined to replace the National Labor Relations Act by including penal provisions of the PRO Act in the $3.5 trillion budget bill.
Congress passed the NLRA in 1935, which was the core of US labor law. Congress deliberately avoided punitive measures, such as civil penalties, against labor or management. In Republic Steel vs NLRB, the Supreme Court held in 1940 that Congress intended a remedial law focused on making employees whole, not a punitive one designed to punish employers, whether they (consciously or unintentionally) violated it. We do.