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 FLOR AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF OUR NATION’S WORKERS!
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was established in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram