It’s being touted as one of the most consequential bills that would bolster employees’ ability to organize that the U.S. has seen in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, H.R. 2474, is slated to go before the U.S. House of Representatives next week, where it’s likely to pass. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to gain much traction in the Senate, but it does signal an increasing push toward progressive labor legislation.
If enacted, the PRO Act would alter decades-old federal labor laws to shift more power to workers. This would extend to situations involving:
- Employer-employee disputes;
- Penalties for companies proven to have broken labor laws (including retaliation against workers attempting to unionize);
- Collective bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of workers who currently don’t have them.
Right-to-work laws, which is exist in 27 states, would also be weakened under the PRO Act. Continue reading