Arizona Business Community Letter to Senators Sinema and Kelly

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 12:45pm

April 9, 2021

Dear Senator Sinema and Senator Kelly ,

On behalf of the undersigned organizations representing Arizonans working across multiple industry
sectors and across the state, we thank you for your continued support of the business community
during the challenges created by the pandemic. On behalf of Arizona’s job creators, w e are writing
to express our strong opposition to the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842) . Put
simply, t his legislation will harm workers, employers, and the economy.

The PRO Act includes a litany of dangerous one -sided proposals and includes almost every failed
idea from the last 30 years of labor policy . This legislation would threaten worker privacy, force
employees to pay union dues or lose their jobs and trample free speech rights.

Below are just some of the many harmful and burdensome provisions of this legislation. The PRO
Act would:

• Effectively overturn right -to -work laws that have been democratically passed in 27 states ,
including Arizona, where right to wor k is constitutionally protected. In all these states,
including Arizona, workers are protected against being fired if the y decline to pay union
dues . The PRO Act would repeal protections from both a business and employee
perspective and could result in Arizona workers losing their jobs if they do not pay union
dues.

• Strip independent contractors of flexible work arrangements , resulting in fewer earning
opportunities for individuals and t hreatening the emerging “gig” economy .
• Undermine secret ballots by allowing “card check” voting where union organizers would
approach individual workers and demand that they publicly sign a card in favor of the union,
leading to harassment and intimidation.
• Expand liability for employers and increase needless class action lawsuits by banning
employment arbitration agreements.
• Interfere with attorney -client confidentiality and make it increasingly difficult for all
businesses, but particularly small businesses, to secure legal advice on complex labor law
matters.
• Strip employers of fundamental legal rights, to include losing their standing in cases before
the National Lab or Relations Board (NLRB).

The PRO Act is effectively the antithesis of ‘pro -worker’ as it harms workers , threatens job creation,
and undermines our economic recovery.

On behalf of the Arizona business community, we urge you to stand up for the rights of
Arizona’ s workers and employers and vote against the PRO Act.

Thank you in advance for your attention and consideration to legislation that will deprive workers,
burden employers, and disrupt the economy .

Sincerely,

Americans for Prosperity Arizona
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Bankers Asso ciation
Arizona Builders Alliance
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Arizona Multihousing Association
Arizona Restaurant Association
Arizona Retailers Association
Arizona Rock Products Association
Arizona Small Business Association
Arizona Technology Council
Arizona Trucking Association
Associated General Contractors of America Arizona Chapter
Buckeye Ch amber of Commerce
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Coolidge Chamber of Commerce
East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Glendale Chamber of Commerce
Great er Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce
Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Health System Alliance of Arizona
Home Builders As sociation of Central Arizona
Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce
Marana Chamber of Commerce
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) Arizona Chapter
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
North Phoe nix Chamber of Commerce
Peoria Chamber of Commerce
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
Southern Arizona Home Builders Association
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Tucson Metro Chamber
West Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
Western Electrical Contractors Association
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Yavapai County Contractors Association
Yuma County Chamber of Commerce