NCRA Government Relations is issuing this call to action to urge NCRA members to contact their elected representatives to note their opposition of H.R. 842, Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 (PRO Act). The Pro Act seeks to amend the federal definition of employee within the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and in doing so, attempts to reclassify independent contractors as employees.
If the PRO Act is enacted, our freelance court reporters’ independent contractor status may be at risk and our freelance reporters’ ability to provide essential services, such as federally mandated captioning access to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, may be inhibited.
NCRA Government Relations and I have already contacted the Congressional members sitting on the House Education & Labor Committee and the House Committee on Rules, who will be having a meeting about the bill on Monday, March 8.
Now, I am personally asking for your help to join together in advocating for the freelance reporter community. Please review our Government Relations’ update to learn more about the PRO Act and please sign and email this letter directly to your representative within the House.
To answer our call to action, download the letter, include your representative’s name and contact information, date and sign your name in the relevant areas, and email the letter to your elected representative. Please also send to anyone you know who may not be a member of NCRA, so they are informed and can help in this grassroots effort to ensure that all voices are heard.
This is why membership in YOUR association is so important. If this was forwarded to you and you are not already an NCRA member, please become one. And please consider contributing to NCRA PAC, which helps our allies in Congress.
Christine Phipps, RPR