February 6, 2020

Union wish list passed by the House threatens workers’ rights 


Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, HR 2474, a bill that will trample on the rights of American workers and companies. The following is a statement from IFDA CEO, Mark Allen.

“The PRO Act is a gift to union special interests at the expense of the American worker and business owner. This legislation would drastically reduce employee privacy and choice and radically remake the nation’s employment landscape. It would give unions free reign to use threats and coercion to force both employers and employees to bend to their wishes through imperiling secret ballot elections and prohibiting state right to work laws, protections that have been in place for decades.  These types of radical changes would put the foodservice distribution industry and our nation’s overall economy at significant risk.  The PRO Act is a truly bad idea, and we are disappointed that a majority of the House voted to support these types of policies.”

IFDA sent a letter to House members in opposition to this misguided legislation, calling out these and other provisions that threaten worker privacy, choice, and the American economy. In addition to card check and prohibiting state right to work laws, the bill would also legalize secondary boycotts, mandate first contract arbitration and make permanent the Obama-era joint employer policy to hold companies responsible for actions of contractors or franchisors for actions of franchisees. IFDA will continue actively working to oppose the PRO Act and prevent its consideration in the Senate.   

Contact: Meghan Cieslak, mcieslak@ifdaonline.org, 703.532.9950
                                       
About the International Foodservice Distributors Association
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the premier trade organization representing the $280 billion foodservice distribution industry. This industry ensures a safe and efficient supply of food and products to more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S. every day. For more information, visit www.ifdaonline.org.

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