WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Krysten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona have yet to throw their support behind the PRO Act, which would hurt workers across the state. Patrice Onwuka, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Voice, released the following statement:

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of Arizona’s economy. Throughout the pandemic, working women depended on independent contracting to support themselves and their families. It grants them the freedom to be their own boss and the flexibility to earn while balancing caregiving for their children, sick spouses, and aging parents.

Nearly half of independent contractors could not work in a traditional 9-to-5 job because of caregiving or their own health issues. The PRO Act would decimate independent contracting in Arizona—causing many women to lose incomes, contracts, and jobs—and it would put them out of business.

Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly can stand up to special interests that want to kill flexible work and force all women into a traditional 9-to-5 job (to be unionized). Their defense of flexibility for female workers and free enterprise will ensure small businesses rebound from the pandemic and thrive.”



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