In the last Congress
, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the US House of Representatives passed the most significant worker empowerment 立法 since the Great Depression by creating a much fairer process for forming a union
. It is called the Protecting the Right to Organize Act
, or PRO Act
. After an anti-worker majority blocked it in the Senate
, reintroducing the PRO Act
, passing it in both chambers of Congress and getting Biden’s signature is vital to our economic recovery
The PRO Act would protect and empower workers to exercise their freedom to organize and bargain. It would make sure that workers can reach a first contract quickly after a union is recognized, end employers’ practice of hiring permanent replacements to punish striking workers and finally hold corporations accountable by strengthening the National Labor Relations Board and allowing it to impose penalties on employers who retaliate against collective bargaining. It would also repeal so-called “right to work” laws, which make it harder for working people to form unions and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Democrats can’t afford to leave workers out to dry and repeat the missed opportunities of previous administrations and congresses. Workers know that too many Democratic candidates in the past were quick to cash our checks and court our votes, but they postponed our priorities — especially labor law reform — when they assumed power. This time must be different.
The PRO Act is a generational opportunity that will transform America’s labor landscape and marshal economic recovery for working people
. Unions bargain for higher wages and better health care
, and help ensure a more secure retirement
. For instance
, 79% of union members have access to defined benefit pension plans as opposed to
17% of non-union workers
The PRO Act is more than labor law reform, it’s also civil rights legislation. We secure contracts that protect workers who have to care for a loved one and ensure our workers’ voices are heard as technology evolves. We also defend women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with different abilities from discrimination.
The PRO Act is also an economic stimulus bill
. Unions give more of us the collective power to win better pay and safer working conditions
, putting additional money in workers
, driving demand and creating jobs
. And research from MIT shows nearly half of non-union workers — nearly 60 百万人 — would vote to join today if given the opportunity
I was in the meeting where Biden
, just days after he was elected
, looked a group of CEOs in the eye and said that in his administration
, “unions are going to have increased power.
” The CEOs just nodded
, completely shocked to hear such a clear pro-worker message directly from an incoming president
. バイデン, who proudly calls himself
“a union guy
,” rightfully pointed out that worker power is
. It’s about creating economic growth
[そして] creating good-paying jobs.
I could not agree more, 氏. 大統領. And that’s why we need to make the PRO Act the law of the land.