I'm writing to let you know about H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act is a key piece of legislation to help working families, and we are counting on all members to join our campaign to pass this legislation.
As you know, it is extremely difficult for private sector workers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to organize if their employer opposes them doing so. Companies can misclassify workers, gerrymander election units, dodge accountability for violating worker rights by hiding behind subcontractors, and intimidate workers relentlessly on worktime--all completely legally. And even when corporations do break the law, such as by illegally penalizing or firing workers for supporting a union, the NLRA's penalties are completely toothless, take years to secure and provide little actual deterrent to illegal activity. As a result, studies show that pro-union workers are fired in nearly one-third of organizing campaigns. The result of that is that unionization rates have cut in half over the last 30 years, even though a large majority of workers say that they'd like to be part of a union.
The PRO Act would fix these problems and re-establish workers' right to organize in this country. As workers' protections under the NLRA have been eroded and corporations have realized that they can exploit workers with impunity under our current legal regime, workers' right to organize has been steadily eroded. The resulting decline in union membership is directly responsible for the explosion in income inequality that has helped a small handful of CEOs and billionaires, but has harmed the rest of us.
The bill passed the House in March and now we need to pass it in the Senate.