You and I both know that corporations have too much power. And we also know that the only way to compel corporations to change the abusive behavior is for people to come together and demand change.
And that’s especially true for people who work for large, profit above-all-else corporations who want better treatment on the job, livable wages, and the healthy, safe working conditions they deserve. But for years, corporations have waged aggressive anti-union campaigns. And the politicians that do their bidding have passed misleadingly named ‘right to work’ laws that do the opposite, laws that weaken labor unions and collective action in many states.
But the U.S. Congress can swing the tide back towards protecting people, rather than corporate profits, bypassing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The bill passed the U.S. House last year, and earlier this month, members of the House and Senate reintroduced the historic labor rights bill. And we’re joining a coalition of partners like Jobs with Justice to pressure members of Congress and the Senate to pass the PRO Act, and insist President Biden sign it into law.
More specifically, the legislation will:
- Penalize employers that violate workers’ rights
- Make explicitly clear that employers don’t have an official say in employee unionization voting procedures,
- Enhance support for worker strikes and boycotts, and
- Weaken laws such as right-to-work laws that often undermine workers’ rights.
This legislation is an important step towards removing the barriers that prevent large number of workers from unionizing and advocating for their collective good. It’s time for our lawmakers to show their support for working people and families and their rights across the country.