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NAHB Strongly Opposes Anti-Business Labor Bill

General News

NAHB strongly opposes House legislation that contains dozens of sweeping labor law revisions that would negatively affect the construction labor market at a time of critical skilled worker shortages.

H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (“PRO”) Act, would expand employers’ liability for the labor practices of subcontractors and third-party vendors and narrow the circumstances under which an individual can work as an independent contractor — effectively gutting the contracting business model that serves as the foundation of the residential construction sector.

The House is expected to vote on the bill next week. NAHB will be sending a letter to the full House designating a vote in opposition to H.R. 842 as a “key vote” because of its importance to the housing industry.

This organized labor “wish list” bill resurrects bad policies that have previously been rejected by Congress and courts alike, including:

– Eliminating right-to-work protections nationwide;
– Stripping employer and employee free choice and privacy in union elections; and
– Curbing opportunities for independent work and subcontracting.

NAHB’s letter opposing the bill will state that the “nation is currently facing a housing affordability crisis which will only worsen if Congress promulgates misguided policies that force the labor market to contract and inflate the costs of home construction.”

Grassroots Call to Action

NAHB is encouraging all members to take just a few minutes to contact your individual members of Congress and tell them how the PRO Act will harm your businesses and our industry by logging onto BuilderLink. This will allow you to lend your voice to this effort by sending a letter to your federal lawmaker and urging him/her to oppose the bill.

The bill is expected to pass the House.

For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.

Source: National Association of Home Builders