Legislators in both houses of Congress have reintroduced legislation that would hold employers accountable for violating workers’ rights and secure free, fair, and safe union elections.
The Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2023, or PRO Act, introduced in the House by the Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) and in the Senate by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was renamed in honor of the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to honor his legacy.
If passed, the PRO Act would increase remedies for violations of workers’ rights, enhance workers’ right to support secondary boycotts, ensure unions can collect fair share fees, modernize union elections, and facilitate initial collective bargaining agreements. The legislation would also make it more difficult for employers to classify their employees as supervisors and independent contractors, designations that would keep them from being covered under the National Labor Relations Act.
“The PRO Act is how we level the playing field. It is how we stop the intimidation, the lies,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “This is how we let workers, not wealthy corporations, decide for themselves if they want the power of a union.”
Show your support today. Tell Congress to Pass the PRO Act, sign the AFL-CIO’s petition at https://proact.aflcio.org/