Committee Advances Bold Proposal to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, a bold proposal to ensure American workers can organize and negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. In response to rising income inequality that is leaving workers and middle-class families behind, the PRO Act would empower millions of Americans to stand together and negotiate for a fair share of the profits they produce.

recent study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research found that unions have consistently provided workers with a 10- to 20-percent wage boost over their non-union counterparts over the past eight decades.

“Labor unions have long fueled our nation’s prosperity, protected the health and safety of American workers, and protected a strong middle class. By passing the PRO Act, we can take a historic step towards improving the quality of life for workers and their families across the country,” said Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.

The PRO Act protects workers’ right to organize by:

  • Authorizing meaningful penalties for employers that violate workers’ rights,
  • Strengthening and streamlining support for workers who face retaliation for exercising their rights, and
  • Making union elections free and fair by creating stronger protections for workers who want to organize

To read the fact sheet on the PRO Act click here.


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