On February 4, 2021, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) was reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. The PRO Act, which originally was introduced in 2019 and passed the House of Representatives in 2020, would completely change the landscape in the labor-relations world. The PRO Act is a priority of the Biden Administration and the revamped U.S. Congress.
The PRO Act seeks to overhaul the National Labor Relations Act and make it easier for unions to organize more employees, remove most restrictions on union strikes and other union pressure tactics, weaken employers’ ability to resist unionization, and provide massive fines and penalties on employers (including individuals) who violate the law. While the bill’s wholesale passage in the Senate may be unlikely, if just a one or two of the legislation’s terms find daylight in the Senate, then it’s a whole new ballgame for any private employer (and its employees) preferring to remain union-free. Additionally, President Biden wasted no time reshaping the National Labor Relations Board when, in an unprecedented move, on his first day in office he fired the NLRB’s General Counsel. With the NLRB moving decidedly on the side of Big Labor once again, employers (both union and non-union) should be on notice and reassess its vulnerabilities concerning union related activity and tactics.
In this 90-minute timely webinar, Labor Attorney Jeffrey Risch of SmithAmundsen LLC, will navigate employers through the current state of labor relations and NLRB initiatives under the Biden Administration, as well as identify key areas for employers to know and understand in pro-actively managing the workplace. The presentation will also help guide employers on how best to remain union-free and/or combat union tactics in the coming months and years.