In mid-January, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer insisted that COVID-19 reduction was “a top priority.” It ought to have been, given greater than 19 million Americans have been accumulating unemployment on the beginning of February and 10 % of the workforce was both sidelined or had fully given up on discovering a job. Not solely has extra help not been handed, however Democrats are forging forward with the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a radical invoice that expands protections to unlawful alien employees whereas undermining rights of American employees.
It is a high priority for labor union bosses who’ve been shedding members and energy for many years. In 2019, simply 10.three % of the workforce have been members of a union, in accordance with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is almost half the speed in 1983. Union bosses imagine authorized and unlawful immigrants, notably these in development and repair industries, might reap big rewards for them, and the advantages within the PRO Act are engaging.
Unbelievably, it will enable
unlawful aliens who’re statutorily barred from working within the U.S. to participate
in organizing within the office and to take part in union elections that
impression the rights of American employees. Another controversial elements of the
proposal would overturn a key Supreme Court ruling that bars unlawful aliens
from benefitting financially from collective bargaining claims.
The excessive court docket present in a 2002 case, Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the whereas authorized staff are eligible to obtain again pay from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) when their collective bargaining rights are violated, unlawful aliens should not eligible. The PRO Act successfully would reverse the Court’s choice by permitting them to assert again pay.
As FAIR noted last year, this might current an actual drawback by way of reaching a settlement. Since many unlawful employees are paid off the books, establishing what is the cost again pay is owed can be a call involving the phrase of an unlawful employee versus the employer who violated immigration legislation to rent them.
Another regarding a part of the
invoice is that it units a cap on civil penalties for terminating a union member
for on account of their union standing at $100,000. If an employer is inclined to violate
federal labor legislation to rent an unlawful alien at cheaper wages, they certainly would
not expose themselves to huge lawsuit from an unlawful alien who merely
claims they have been fired due to their union standing. In essence, the concern of
being sued would function extra safety for unlawful alien staff.
The PRO Act is nothing extra
than an try and resurrect labor unions and enhance their energy and so they
will fortunately exploit unlawful alien employees and stroll over the rights of
hard-working Americans to be able to get what they want.