On Wednesday, the House Committee on Education and Labor passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474. The bold proposal that would restore fairness to the economy by protecting workers' rights to stand together and negotiate for better working conditions has now cleared an important hurdle in the legislative process. CWA members successfully mobilized to make sure the bill made it through the committee without being watered down, and will now be pushing for a vote by the full House of Representatives for the strong pro-worker bill.
"At a time when wages haven't even kept pace with inflation, the PRO Act will give workers a fighting chance to make sure they're compensated fairly for their hard work," CWA President Chris Shelton said in a statement.
The PRO Act will empower workers across the country by strengthening their right to act collectively and join together in a union. It will remove some of the barriers that workers face when bargaining for fair wages, improved benefits, and a more secure retirement. Additionally, the PRO Act will improve protections for workers who face anti-union discrimination, retaliation, and other coercive acts by their employers.
All of the Democrats on the committee who were present voted in favor of supporting working people by moving the bill forward, while none of the Republican committee members did.