The PRO Act Means More Power to Union Members and Represents a Crucial Step Toward Leveling the Playing Field for Working Families
On February 6, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act, HR 2474). For workers across our nation, this is one of the most significant pieces of legislation to have entered the House floor in recent years. The PRO Act would essentially allow workers to form and join unions without having to go through countless hurdles.
Unionization is one of the most powerful resources for Latino and immigrant working families because it provides them with the opportunity to have access to fair wages, job safety, protects them from wage theft, and unfair workplace discrimination practices. Unionization is an avenue for Latino and immigrant workers to achieve economic stability through the power of collective bargaining.
The PRO Act that was recently introduced would:
• Make it illegal for employers to permanently replace striking workers.
• Protect workers’ right to strike.
• Eliminate current obstacles that workers face when trying to get their first union contract.
• Strengthen protections for workers forming a union by penalizing retaliatory actions taken against employers who want to form a union.
• Prevent the misclassification of workers as independent contractors by establishing that workers can have more than one employer and that both employers need to engage in collective bargaining over the terms and conditions of employment that they control.
• Weaken right-to-work laws.
URGE YOUR SENATORS TO TAKE THE PRO ACT TO THE FLOOR AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF OUR NATION’S WORKERS!
Since its inception in 1972, LCLAA has remained a grassroots organization driven and directed by Latino labor leaders who understand the importance of unionization in helping workers secure rights and protections on the job, empowering them to become voices for justice and change in their communities. To help us continue our support for workers, please consider donating to LCLAA’s donation fund by clicking the image below. Thank you!
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” — Cesar Chavez