Chairman Scott Statement on House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)by a vote of 225 to 206.

“By passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act today, the House has taken a critical step to secure workers’ right to join a union. 

“Labor unions are essential to rebuilding America’s middle class and improving the lives of workers and their families.  Unfortunately, over the past 70 years, union membership has dropped to the lowest level since just after the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was first enacted.  This decline is not a result of workers’ choices.  It is plainly obvious that the NLRA is too weak to defend workers’ rights against intensifying anti-union attacks from wealthy special interests.

“The Protecting the Right to Organize Act makes the most significant upgrades to the NLRA in 85 years by providing new tools to protect workers from intimidation and retaliation, introducing meaningful penalties for companies that violate workers’ rights, and allowing workers to hold free, fair, and safe union elections.

“Over the past year, every elected official has celebrated the courage and resilience of our workers.  But there is a difference between praising hard work and standing up for hardworking people. Workers need us to take action.  The Senate must immediately take up the PRO Act and ensure that workers can join together and negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces.”


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