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Painters Union Launches PRO Act Campaign

With a new Democratic majority, unions are saying this is the time to pass the pro-union bill

Brian Young's picture
Jan 13, 2021

With Joe Biden set to become President next week and Democrats gaining control of the Senate, while holding control of the House of Representatives, the push to pass the PRO Act has restarted.

The PRO (Protect the Right to Organize) Act is a bill that would dra­mat­i­cal­ly grow work­ers’ pow­er on the job by expand­ing union mem­ber­ship, reform­ing decades-old labor laws, banning so-called ​ “right to work” laws and end­ing employ­er intim­i­da­tion or inter­fer­ence in union drives. It passed the House last February with 218 co-sponsors but never got a vote in the Senate. Both Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, who was a sponsor of the Senate bill, have said they support the bill.

To help get the PRO Act passed the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) have joined with over 70 unions and federations to launch the Pass the PRO Act campaign. The campaign is planning on lobbying every member of Congress, every Senator, and even the Biden administration to get their support or opposition to the PRO Act on record.

The last time Democrats had complete control of the government, many in labor felt betrayed when President Barack Obama failed to get the Employee Free Choice Act passed. Unions want to ensure that the PRO Act is not forgotten in the same way.

To kick off the campaign, Pass the Pro Act will be doing a video launch on Thursday, January 14th at 7 PM. Speakers will include the AFL-CIO’s President Richard Trumka, CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, the Sunrise Movement’s Lauren Manus, IUPAT’s General Vice President Jimmy Williams and Congressmen Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). Both Lamb and Scott will play an important role in ushering the bill through Congress and both have a long history of working closely with organized labor.

You can RSVP for the kickoff on Facebook by clicking here.

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