PRO Act Finally Gets a Vote
The House is planning to vote on the bill before the Presidents' Day break
After months of debate the PRO Act is finally getting a vote in Congress. Leaders in Congress are promising a vote on the bill before President’s Day (February 17th).
This promise comes after 76 members in the House sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Whip James Clyburn urging them to schedule a full vote on the pro-union bill. The effort was led by two swing district freshman Democrats Max Rose of Staten Island New York, and Jared Golden of Maine.
The letter notes that support for labor unions is near a 50 year high, with 64% of Americans supporting them. It also points out that the PRO Act would protect union elections from employer interference, require employers to negotiate a first contract, ensure employers can’t misclassify workers and invalidate state right to work laws.
Many union members and members of Congress were frustrated with the glacial pace that the bill was moving at. UCOMM reported in October that the CWA was making a push for their members to call Congress and push for the passage. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has also been pushing Democratic leadership to schedule a vote on the bill.
“The PRO Act is a critical legislation that will empower America’s working people by allowing us to join a union without fear or intimidation and collectively bargain for a fair return on our work,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement. “At a time when working people are on the rise and fighting for justice and equality, it is vital that this bill is brought to the House floor and passed without any further delay.”