Push Out the PRO Act Toolkit
AFL-CIO released a toolkit to assist advocacy for the PRO Act
On February 4th, the PRO Act was introduced in Congress. This labor bill would be the largest change to labor law in decades and would strengthen unions and workers rights.
Some of the things that the PRO Act would do include:
- Creating monetary penalties against employers who try to illegally bust unions
- Strengthening protections for workers who are wrongly fired during union organizing campaigns
- Allowing workers to take employers to court when they’ve broken collective bargaining laws
- Making it easier for newly formed unions to secure their first contracts
- Bolstering workers’ rights related to strikes and boycotts
- Overriding anti-union “right to work” laws that have now spread to a majority of states
- Making it harder for companies like Uber to avoid unions by using “independent contractors”
While the PRO Act would be great for workers, it is facing some challenges in getting passed in the Senate. While the bill has three Republican sponsors in the House, it has no support from Republicans in the Senate. There are also three Democrats, Joe Manchin (D-WV), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Warner (D-VA) and one independent Angus King (I-ME) who are still on the fence about supporting the bill.
This makes it all the more important that union members contact their Senators and Congressmembers to let them know how important it is that they support this bill. The AFL-CIO has put together a toolkit to help you advocate for the PRO Act. This includes talking points that you can use when talking to your coworkers, friends, and elected officials, sample letters that you can send to local newspapers, and sample emails that local unions can send to their members. You can also use this site to call your member of Congress.
The AFL-CIO has also created a number of graphics that you can share on social media. One set explains what the PRO Act is, while others can be used as a call to action to encourage the public to call their representatives.
Even if you live in a district with a strong, pro-union Congressmember or Senator who is supporting the PRO Act, you should still give them a call and say thank you. The AFL-CIO has also created a set of graphics to thank the representatives that are supporting the PRO Act.
The only way the PRO Act will get passed is if union members let your representatives know that this is a priority. So call your elected officials today and share these graphics on social media to let your co-workers and friends know about the importance of the PRO Act.