Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) ActMarch 31, 2021 - CLDC
The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act passed the U.S. House last week. Democrats in our state delegation supported it while every Republican voted against it. This legislation is now in the Senate, where our two U.S. Senators – Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth – stand in support.
This legislation provides the most comprehensive and overdue reforms and updates to the laws that govern union organizing in the last 60 years. It is a top priority for the labor movement, the AFL-CIO and has the Biden Administration’s strong approval. The filibuster rules in the Senate present challenges to its passage there (it was killed under filibuster threat last year in the Senate), we can improve changes for the PRO Act to pass by increasing public pressure and awareness.
To this end, the AFL-CIO recently announced a national week of action to pass the PRO Act (April 26-May 1), which, of course, includes Workers Memorial Day on April 28. Events are being planned across the country and Illinois Labor can influence passage by using our community voices. These events can include virtual press events, virtual community roundtables, op-eds from labor and the community, or incorporate into your Workers Memorial Day events to increase awareness of the critical issue. After decades of corporate-backed softening of labor law, this is our chance to change the course of history.
The National AFL-CIO will be registering events for that week, and in the run-up to that week, that feature the PRO Act, worker safety, etc. in the Event Registration link below. The order form for signs and banners are in the bottom link.