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EPI: The PRO Act is Pro-Worker

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Reprinted from The Economic Policy Institute by Celine McNicholasMargaret Poydock, and Lynn Rhinehart on February 4, 2021.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would strengthen workers’ rights to form a union and negotiate with their employers for better wages and working conditions. Specifically, it would reform our nation’s labor law so that private-sector employers can’t perpetually stall union elections and contract negotiations and coerce and intimidate workers seeking to unionize. The PRO Act:

Gives workers more control

Under the PRO Act, workers and the National Labor Relations Board, not employers, control the timing of union elections and employers can’t force employees to attend anti-union meetings.

Imposes real penalties when employers break the law

Under the PRO Act, employers and corporate executives are penalized for illegally retaliating against workers trying to organize, and workers get monetary damages or other remedies if they are illegally fired or harmed; fired workers must also be reinstated while their cases are pending. …

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EPI: How the PRO Act Restores Workers’ Right to Unionize

Reprinted from The Economic Policy Institute by Celine McNicholasMargaret Poydock, and Lynn Rhinehart on February 4, 2021.

Nearly half of all nonunion workers say they want a union in their workplace. That’s 400% higher than the current percentage of workers represented by a union.1 Current law places too many obstacles in the way of workers trying to organize and gives employers too much power to interfere with workers’ free choice.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act rectifies this. The chart below [click on the link] lists some of the major problems in current labor law and how the PRO Act addresses them.

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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