With control of Congress and the White House, the Democrats are in a position to make real change for working Americans.
One effective way they can do so is by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (“PRO Act”).
This legislation, which was passed by the House last February but then sent to committee in the Senate – where it has stayed – gives workers meaningful organizing rights to workers.
1. Introducing meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers’ rights
2. Expanding workers’ collective bargaining rights and closing loopholes that corporations use to exploit
3. Strengthening workers’ access to fair union elections and requiring corporations to respect the results.
With the PRO Act, companies will no longer get mere slaps on the wrists for violating workers’ rights. Nor will they enjoy the many loopholes that they have carved out.
While it is no secret that unionizing has a strong impact on workers’ lives, the current pandemic has highlighted just how vulnerable non-union employees are. Employers have made hundreds of billions of dollars during the pandemic with little going to non-union workers. A lack of a collective bargaining agreement has proven to be a major liability as non-union essential workers continue to get paid little while working in unsafe conditions.
The PRO Act is a chance to level the playing field when it comes to organizing. Year after year polls indicate that the majority of Americans support unions. Yet, very few actually belong to them. The reason is simple: powerful corporations play dirty when it comes to organizing and they get away with it. The PRO Act looks to change the organizing landscape so that workers who want to join a union can effectively do so.
Now that the Democrats are in control of the Congress and the presidency, it’s time to make the PRO Act a reality.