SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS of the proposed Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2023 say it is needed to protect the rights of workers to
organize under labor unions. However, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and others claim the PRO Act puts an undue burden on small businesses, including hotels.

The PRO Act would authorize penalties against employers that interfere with employees’ efforts to organize, according to Democratic Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott of
Virginia, one of the co-sponsors of the bill. Also, the bill would facilitate collective bargaining agreements, close loopholes that allow employers to misclassify
employees as supervisors and independent contractors.

Other aspects of the PRO Act include protection for employees that experience retaliation for trying to organize a union, ensures that workers can collect “fair
share” fees and authorizes a private right of action for violation of workers’ rights. It also prevents employers from interfering in union elections or holding
captive audience meetings.

“Regrettably, for too long, workers have suffered from anti-union attacks and toothless labor laws that undermined their right to form a union,” Scott said. “As a
historic number of Americans put their support behind labor unions, Congress has an urgent responsibility to ensure that workers can join a union and negotiate for
higher pay, better benefits, and safer workplaces.”