Langevin Statement on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

Mar 10, 2021 Issues: Children and Families, Economy and Jobs

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) voted for H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a sweeping labor rights reform bill that would provide new tools to protect workers from anti-union threats and retaliation, introduce meaningful penalties for companies that violate workers’ collective bargaining rights, and establish the safeguards that are necessary for workers to hold union elections. The bill passed the House last night by a vote of 225-206. The following may be attributed to Congressman Langevin:

“Union jobs built the American middle class, and we must protect them. I am proud to support the PRO Act because union workers receive higher wages and better benefits under safer working conditions. The data tells us that unions are one of the most effective tools for narrowing the racial and gender wealth gaps. During the pandemic, union workers suffered fewer layoffs than their non-union counterparts because they were able to bargain with their employers on how to respond to the significant changes in the economy.

“With all of this in mind, it is vitally important that Congress work to protect and expand the number of jobs that fall under collective bargaining agreements. Employers are charged with violating federal law in 41.5 percent of all union elections, and the fine for illegal union busting is relatively inexpensive. The PRO Act would create real consequences for employers who violate the labor rights of their employees.

“Over the last year, as workers struggled with record-high unemployment numbers, America’s billionaires got richer. It is time for Congress to stand with American workers to create an economy that works for us all, and the PRO Act is a key part of that agenda.”