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Leaders of Arizona’s business community urge Sens. Kelly and Sinema to oppose PRO Act

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By Arjun Rondla | Chamber Business News

Leaders of Arizona’s business community on Monday urged the U.S. Senate not to adopt the Protecting the Right to Organize, or PRO Act, legislation they say would harm job creation efforts.

At a press conference at the offices of the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors, the business group leaders said the bill would eviscerate Arizona’s right-to-work law, which makes union membership voluntary and not a condition of employment.

“The only thing hotter than the temperature is Arizona’s economy,” said Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Danny Seiden. “Why would we want to put that all at risk?”

Michelle Ahlmer, executive director of the Arizona Retailers Association, said her industry would be unable to continue recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic if the PRO Act passes.

“Before the pandemic, our industry had record highs in profits, wage growth, and employment. As we climb out from the last 18 months, we need every tool to get back on our feet,” Ahlmer said. “We simply cannot add to the challenging economic environment by passing the PRO Act. The PRO Act is a harmful bill that would essentially give unions free rein to wreak havoc on local businesses.”

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