Rep. Larson Joins Colleagues to Protect and Uplift Workers
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined his colleagues to reintroduce the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 20) to strengthen the federal laws that protect workers’ right to join a union. 71% of Americans now approve of labor unions – the highest approval in nearly 60 years.
“Every worker deserves a union, and we’re here to give workers the resources and protections to do that today,” said Larson. “Unions are critical in the fight for better wages, working conditions, and resources, but workers seeking to organize frequently face relentless intimidation and retaliation from wealthy special interests. The result: union membership is at historic lows and inequality is at historic highs. I am proud to join my colleagues in support of the PRO Act today to empower workers by protecting their right to organize, holding employers accountable for violating workers’ rights, and safeguarding free and fair union elections.”
“From baristas at Starbucks to warehouse workers at Amazon to tech workers at Microsoft and Apple, thousands of workers across Connecticut and our nation are joining together in unions so they can finally have a voice on the job. But because of woefully outdated labor laws, many workers have been prevented from exercising our rights. The PRO Act will level the playing field and make it possible for working people to exercise our freedom to join together and bargain with our employer, and to have more of a say in our jobs, our economy and our country. We are extraordinarily grateful to Rep. Larson and the bipartisan group of legislators for reintroducing the PRO Act to help ensure the economy works for all of us,” said Ed Hawthorne, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.
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