‘The PRO Act would overrule Right to Work laws across the country and force tens of millions of employees to join a union.’
‘Right to work laws give workers freedom, and more importantly, it gives them the freedom to choose whether to unionize or not.’
WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today delivered the following remarks on the Floor of the United States Senate regarding the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill passed by House Democrats that would override states’ Right to Work laws and force millions of workers to join a union, among other provisions. Excerpts from his remarks can be found below, and the full speech can be viewed here.
On the Benefits of Right to Work Laws:
“The PRO Act represents a massive power grab by the Democrats here in Washington, D.C. to override the will of the voters and state legislatures in a majority of the states in this country. Democrats want to force their ideas on states that refuse to adopt their progressive, failed policies. Federal power grabs like these are unconstitutional and go against our entire system of government. The PRO Act would overrule the Right to Work laws across the country and force tens of millions of employees to join a union.”
“Right to Work laws give workers freedom, and more importantly, it gives them the freedom to choose whether to unionize or not. Alabama’s Right to Work law has been a huge benefit for our state and for the people, helping to attract many businesses in our state. Take car manufacturing for example: beginning with Mercedes in 1993, automakers like Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda all have large presences in Alabama…all together, we have around 40,000 Alabamians employed in the automotive sector alone. And those jobs go on to support thousands more family members, all thanks to Alabama’s Right to work law.”
“According to the State Policy Network, the Pro Act would destroy 57 million American workers who call themselves ‘freelancers,’ in addition to the tens of millions of salaried workers that would lose their Right to Work protections. Unions, to some degree, have helped build our great country, but we need to give workers the ability to choose, not force them to be in a union.”
“Right to Work laws give workers a choice. Choice creates competition and competition breeds success. Forced unionization creates a monopoly, which only leads to stagnation.”
On the Amazon Bessemer Facility Unionization Vote:
“We’ve had Hollywood actors, celebrities, members of Congress, and even President Biden trying to help tip the scales toward the union’s favorable outcome. Let me be clear: these hardworking Alabamians don’t need Hollywood elites or federal government officials telling them what to do. We should all trust they’ll make the decision they think is right for them and their families.”
“That’s what Right to Work is all about. The right to choose. This is still a free country after all.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.