The National Grocers Association says it is disappointed with the March 9 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. It will continue its fight against the bill as it moves to the Senate.
“The PRO Act overturns decades of U.S. labor policy and awards Big Labor a lopsided advantage against entrepreneurial businesses,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of NGA. “Adoption of the act into law would severely infringe the rights of workers as well as their employers, including America’s independent grocers, whose tireless efforts drive local economic growth and create jobs within their communities.”
The PRO Act makes significant changes to long-established employment law, including eliminating right-to-work laws in 27 states; limiting work for independent contractors; removing secret ballot protections for union elections; requiring employers to provide sensitive employee records to unions; limiting employers’ right to counsel during union elections; and advancing a litany of other union-backed policies.
NGA has led a grassroots campaign against the PRO Act, which to date has mobilized at least 100 NGA member companies to contact their representatives in Congress, advising them to vote against this damaging legislation.
“This undemocratic bill denies employers’ right to free speech and advice of counsel while compromising employees’ right to privacy,” Ferrara said. “Legislation such as the PRO Act deals a crushing blow to workers’ rights and economic growth at a pivotal time for this nation, which continues to grapple with the impact of the pandemic.”
NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to 1 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.