Standing with AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and other labor leaders, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) live streamed support for the PRO Act.
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The PRO Act (H.R. 2474), introduced in May by House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and cosponsored by 215 Democrats and three Republicans, would amend the National Labor Relations Act to broaden workers’ rights to strike and unionize.
Congressional lawmakers say the legislation would drastically improve worker protections. That includes provisions such as:
• Establish penalties on predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights, and combat misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.
• Strengthen workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions.
• Create a mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract.
• Authorize unions and employers to negotiate agreements that allow unions to collect fair-share fees that cover the costs of representation.
• Streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations.
• Protect the integrity of union elections against coercive captive audience meetings.
Passage in the House would advance the legislation to the Senate for consideration.
The Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (TTD), of which TCU is a member, released a letter of support stating, “Unions have played a critical role in lifting working families into the middle class, reducing income inequality, and closing the racial and gender wage gaps.Transportation labor has long fought for policies that grow our economy, modernize our infrastructure, and improve safety across all modes of transportation.And we do so while insisting that these policies include rights and protections for workers that promote middle-class wages and benefits and—critically—protect the right to unionize and collectively bargain.”
Click here to read the full release from the TTD.