Stop Pushing Workforce Policies that Only Benefit Unions

Pro Act is wrong approach for 21st century retail workforce

Evan Armstrong, VP of workforce, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in advance of the reintroduction of Protecting the Right to Organize Act:  

“Retailers know that meeting associates’ expectations is not just good practice, it is good business. We are able to do all this through productive, transparent and collaborative communications between business leaders and front-line workers. The PRO Act would disrupt all this work in favor of creating a one-sized fits all union model from the 1930s. It’s time to leave those failed policies in the trash heap and advance policies that promote a thriving, evolving and dynamic 21st century retail workforce that is diverse, innovative and skilled.

“Leading retailers are making record investments in their workforces through wage increases, new benefits, and workforce development. The PRO Act threatens to dismantle all of these by weakening the relationship between employers and employees. It shouldn’t work this way.

“Leading retailers urge members of Congress to reject the PRO Act and instead work on building a 21st Century Workforce that has forward-thinking proposals that empower workers, promote innovation, and enable retailers to invest in their people and their communities.”

RILA sent a letter to all Members of the House today outlining retailers’ strong opposition to the PRO Act.

The full
letter is available here.

RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad. 
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