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Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) released the following statement in opposition to the PRO Act.

“The PRO Act is a radical gift to union bosses at the expense of workers and small businesses in Iowa—this bill is fundamentally anti-worker. We should be working in a bipartisan manner to ensure that workers have the support and relief they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why I offered an amendment to this bill that would have exempted workers from having to pay union fees if they are experiencing financial hardship right now. Iowan and American workers who need every extra dollar right now shouldn’t be forced to pay a union.” 

Congresswoman Hinson offered two amendments to the Pro Act, which were both rejected by Democrats.

  • Hinson offered an amendment that would reinsert the whistleblower protection provisions that Democrats stripped from this bill. This amendment would have prevented discrimination against anyone who reports violations of this bill once enacted.
  • Hinson also introduced an amendment that would exempt workers from having to pay union dues or fees if they can demonstrate financial hardships related to COVID-19. If an individual received any kind of federal COVID relief under the CARES Act or the December coronavirus response package, he or she could not be forced to pay a union.

Author: Press Release