Support the PRO Labor Act

Support the PRO Labor Act

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Unions have been the driving force behind labor and workers’ rights around the world. But now, they have been on a decline, especially in the United States. Whether the workers are part of a union or not, the weakening of collective bargaining hurts all employees, in every field. Unions fight for what the employer should be doing on its own- ensuring safety, promoting equality, and treating employees with respect and decency.

A major part of weakening unions has been “right-to-work” laws, which gives workers incentives not to pay union dues for protections. Corporations would have you believe they increase worker freedoms, but in reality, they’re in place to weaken unions. The truth is, unions improve working conditions for all employees whether they’re a union member or not -- but they need resources to do so, and right-to-work takes away these resources.  

One of the biggest hits against unions and labor protections hiding in plain sight are no-strike contracts. These are clauses in a collective bargaining contract that state that employees are not allowed to engage in strikes or slowdowns of any kind. Labor organizations have one core strength: the power to withdraw their labor in order to improve working conditions. Signing a no-strike clause means unions lose a vital source of their influence for the duration of the contract. Without the looming threat of strike, companies aren’t held accountable for unfair working conditions.

Another aspect that should be taken into account is that major corporations like Amazon have spent billions of dollars per year on lobbying. Nearly all of the top companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be involved in congressional decision-making. Predictably, these corporations lobby for issues that satisfy their needs but harm workers. The perfect embodiment of the power imbalance between the worker and the corporatist is the unbalanced lobbying ratio. For every dollar labor unions spend lobbying, large corporations spend $34. In a society where profit  is prioritized over people, it doesn’t matter which is advocating for the better cause.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act looks to dismantle the roadblocks unions face by protecting workers who are trying to organize a union, and to strengthen workers’ rights to conduct organizing campaigns. One of the most important provisions in the PRO Act states employers cannot force workers to participate in anti-union meetings, which serve as a means to intimidate workers and scare them away from unions.

Unions are the only way for workers to try to correct the power imbalance between them and their employers. Corporations have spent millions of dollars lobbying against labor protections, because they know they work. We must pass the PRO act right now, and restore power into the worker’s hands. 

Call your congressperson to support this act. Sign this petition. To learn more, keep up with daily news and read these articles from The Hill, The Atlantic, US Legal, and the NRTWC along with our social media.

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