If you’ve ever worked in the service industry you know the feeling: you tell your manager you can’t work Tuesday nights and they schedule you every. Tuesday. night. You ask your manager about it and they say they can’t help you, so you drop it and try to get your shifts covered or just end up working them yourself.
Now picture this: You tell your manager you can’t work Tuesday nights and they schedule you on Tuesday nights. You talk to the manager about it, they’re dismissive, and instead of dropping it, you talk to your coworkers about it. They’re all having similar problems and you decide to go to your manager together. When you go as a group, you’re protected from retaliation, so you have a productive conversation with your manager and they agree to take another look at the schedule.
The PRO Act allows this second kind of exchange to happen. We need to pass the PRO Act so we have the freedom to talk to our bosses about problems at work.