Tell your member of Congress to vote “yes” on Protecting the Rights to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act (H.R. 2474), introduced by House Education and Labor Committee chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) has advanced to the floor for full House consideration. “The PRO Act is a vitally important piece of legislation that strengthens federal laws and protect workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits,” Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. wrote in a letter to lawmakers. “Furthermore, the bill will prohibit employers from permanently replacing employees who strike and removes limitations on secondary strikes.” Specifically, the PRO Act would: 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.
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