The PRO Act aims to enrich unions by exploiting workers

MINOT, N.D. — There is nothing wrong with labor organizations or the concept of collective bargaining. Labor unions can serve an important function amplifying the voices of workers, generally, and providing important benefits such as counsel and other protections to individual workers.

There is something deeply wrong with forcing Americans to be members of unions when they don’t want to be.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which has already passed the U.S. House, would strip away the ability of millions upon millions of American workers to refuse to join a union.

Currently, 27 states have what’s called right-to-work laws that prohibit labor unions from negotiating contracts that require employees to pay union dues to maintain employment. The PRO Act would preempt these laws, stating that “all employees in a bargaining unit shall contribute fees to a labor organization for the cost of representation, collective bargaining, contract enforcement, and related expenditures as a condition of employment shall be valid and enforceable notwithstanding any State or Territorial law.”

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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