IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. sent a letter to members of Congress urging support for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the House and Senator Patty Murray in the Senate (D-WA), is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression.
It’s the bravest person in the room who speaks up and says ‘We need a union.’ We stand by those who put everything on the line to create a better life for everyone in their community. That’s why Machinists support the #ProAct. https://t.co/hiAL9c6q4G
— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) March 9, 2021
“The PRO Act strengthens protections for employees that engage in collective action and levels the playing field by prohibiting employers from requiring their employees to attend “captive audience” meetings whose sole purpose is to convince workers to vote against the union,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “In addition to imposing financial penalties on employers and individual corporate offices who violate the law, the bill would give workers the option of bringing their case to federal court.
‘Finally, the PRO Act would override state “right to work” laws. These laws are simply designed to give more power to corporations at the expense of workers, and have had the effect of lowering wages and eroding pensions and health care coverage in states where they have been adopted.”
WATCH: Pushing for the PRO Act
IAM members must act now to tell your Senators and Representative to pass this legislation, which will protect workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits.
Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 to urge them to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, allowing workers the right to freely form a union without the threat of company intimidation or interference.