February 06, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Protect Workers’ Sacred Right to Organize

WASHINGTON DC – Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, to hold employers accountable for violating workers’ rights, end the use of forced arbitration and strengthen the right to join in union.

 “In the first decades of the 20th century, millions of American workers fought, marched, went on strike and joined together in unions to win extraordinary victories for the American people, including collective bargaining, the 40-hour workweek, safer working conditions and employer-sponsored health coverage,” Rep. Lawson said.  “Yet, over the last several decades, workers seeking to exercise their fundamental right to form a union have faced aggressive opposition from corporations and well-financed anti-union special interests, driving down union membership to record lows and undermining workers’ economic security and their families’ position in the middle class. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues to pass the PRO Act to restore fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that protect workers’ right to join a union.”

The PRO Act advances vital protections for working men and women across the country, including:

  • Introducing meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers’ rights;
  • Expanding workers’ collective bargaining rights and closing loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers; and
  • Strengthening workers’ access to fair union elections and requiring corporations to respect the results.

 

This bold legislation has the overwhelming support of America’s unions, including the AFL-CIO, which represents 12.5 million American workers, as well as Service Employees International Union, Communication Workers of America, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the National Nurses United among others. 

“The union movement and all working people are hungry for pro-worker reforms to our existing labor laws,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said during his testimony before Congress. “It is time for our laws to catch up.  It is time to make the PRO Act the law of the land.”

 

 

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