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Supporting Elected Officials Who Support the PRO Act

Passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and other bills to update our outdated, broken labor laws is a top priority for working people across the country, and CWA members  have been leading the fight.

CWAers have been flooding the email inboxes, phone lines and offices of their Senators and Representatives to draw attention to the importance of the PRO Act.

Jennifer Womack, who has been organizing with her coworkers at a Verizon Wireless call center in Irving, Texas, to join CWA, spoke at a press briefing on Capitol Hill about how the PRO Act would help her and her coworkers.

Womack described how, after she and her coworkers started discussing forming a union at Verizon Wireless, the company began forcing them to attend mandatory anti-union meetings, sometimes pulling workers they suspect may support organizing into those trainings at a moment's notice.

“It's really important that the bill imposes real penalties on companies that break the law, since right now it seems like companies can get away with pretty much anything with a slap on the wrist,” Womack told Members of Congress and the press. “I believe that everyone should be treated fairly and be able to have a voice on the job. The PRO Act is a great step to help achieve that."

Thanks to our efforts, on February 6, the U.S House of Representatives passed the PRO Act. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared Womack's story during her remarks just prior to the vote on the House floor.

The PRO Act now awaits action by the Senate, where Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has not moved the bill forward. Trump promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

We were able to win the PRO Act vote because we helped elect a pro-worker majority in the House in 2018. We must continue to build on that success. The CWA Executive Board has declared that no member of Congress – Democrat or Republican – will receive CWA's endorsement for reelection unless they support the PRO Act.

Learn how to get involved in the fight at cwa.org/proact.