AZ’s right-to-work law threatened by federal PRO Act

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would overturn Arizona’s right-to-work law that has been in place for 75 years, stirring alarm among business groups here and in other states with similar laws.

Advocacy groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are calling on the Senate to reject the anti-jobs proposal, saying it would hurt employees, employers, independent contractors and freelancers.

“The PRO Act would, for all practical purposes, eviscerate Arizona’s right-to-work law, which would mean that workers in the state who happen to be in a union work setting would have to pay dues or they would be at risk of losing their jobs, said Glenn Spencer, senior vice president of the Employment Policy Division at the U.S. Chamber in Washington, D.C., the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses.

“Their employers may well be forced to terminate them if they don’t wish to pay dues in that setting,” said Spencer, who spoke with Chamber Business News (CBN) about the implications of the proposed law.


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