Workers’ Rights on the Brink: Unions Raise the Alarm as HEROES/GROW Acts Threaten

Unions' Puzzling Blockade of the HEROES Act/GROW Act: A Lifeline for Small Businesses

H2: The HEROES Act/GROW Act: A Lifeline for Businesses on the Brink

In the midst of the COVID-19 economic maelstrom, the HEROES Act (H.R. 6484) and the GROW Act (S. 2288) emerge as beacons of hope for small businesses. These bipartisan bills propose a new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide life-saving loans to businesses that keep their employees afloat.

The HEROES Act offers $100 billion in PPP funding, while the GROW Act doubles that to a staggering $200 billion. Both bills also introduce game-changing improvements to the program:

  • Expanding eligibility to include sole proprietorships and independent contractors, who have been left behind in the past.
  • Increasing loan amounts to provide businesses with the support they desperately need.
  • Extending the loan forgiveness period to give businesses ample time to recover and rebuild.
  • Simplifying the application process to make it accessible to all eligible businesses.

The HEROES Act and the GROW Act have garnered overwhelming support from organizations like the NFIB, the SBA, and the Chamber of Commerce. They recognize that these bills are essential for the survival of small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy.

H3: Unions' Perplexing Puzzle

Despite the overwhelming support, unions have inexplicably voiced opposition to these bills. Their primary concern is that businesses may use PPP loans to repay existing debts, potentially avoiding wage increases for workers.

However, this argument is a red herring. The HEROES Act and the GROW Act explicitly prohibit businesses from using PPP loans to pay off debts incurred after the pandemic, including higher wages.

Furthermore, both bills mandate that PPP loans be used to retain employees. This means businesses cannot use the funds to pay off debts and lay off workers.

The opposition of unions to the HEROES Act and the GROW Act is baffling. These bills provide a lifeline to struggling small businesses, preserving jobs and stimulating the economy. Unions should embrace these measures, not hinder them.


The HEROES Act and the GROW Act offer a lifeline to small businesses, helping them weather the economic storm and protect jobs. The bills' provisions ensure that businesses use the funds responsibly, supporting employees and the economy. Unions should reconsider their opposition and join the chorus of support for these vital measures.

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