App-drivers and labor advocates around the country have been fighting to pass the Protect the Right to Organize Act – also know as the PRO Act.
The PRO Act empowers workers to more easily form unions, and to bargain collectively for fair contracts. The PRO Act increases fines on employers for union-busting – scaring workers who want to unionize – and takes other important steps to increase worker rights from coast to coast.
Regarding app-driver rights, the PRO Act would extend union rights to every app-driver in the country.
The PRO Act institutes the so-called ABC test at the national level. The ABC test determines whether a worker is classified as an independent contractor or as an employee.
Importantly, PRO Act only applies the ABC test to the National Labor Relations Act. This means that a driver could be an employee when it comes to unionization, but an independent contractor when it comes to taxes. Many drivers appreciate the tax advantages of being an independent contractor, but also want the benefits of unionization. The PRO Act empowers drivers to have the best of both worlds.