The AFL-CIO is just one of a large group of unions pushing for the PRO Act, a way to help workers organize. I wonder why it is important? They tell us.
Question: Why is the PRO Law necessary?
Answer: Workers in America today are not getting a fair shake. Our basic labor law, which supposedly protects the rights of workers to form a union and bargain collectively, is violated. In recent decades, employers have been able to violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with impunity. An entire anti-union industry is now working non-stop to prevent workers from exercising our rights. Today, in more than 40% of all union organizing elections, employers are accused of breaking the law.
They lie. They threaten and coerce. And they usually fire union supporters. Workers are forced to
attend mandatory meetings with one topic on the agenda: attacks on unions. These messages of fear and intimidation come from the very people who control our paychecks, how much time we can spend with our families, and whether we will have a job tomorrow. And the penalties for employers who engage in this illegal behavior are inconsequential.
Over the past few weeks, I have witnessed first-hand how union members are treated as Frito-Lay employees in Topeka, Kansas, told horrific stories of management mistreatment and lack of fair wages.
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Therefore, in many newspapers, you will likely see a box on the right side that specifically says, “Take Action.” There is truth in the old axiom that the squeaky wheel takes the grease. That squeaky wheel should not be, at any time, workers who are worked to death, so requests like this help you make contact and join others, join.
Unions are a key component of Democratic success. They represent the working class rather than billionaires and what they provide is not just campaign donations; it is reflected in the manpower needed to help voters go to the polls, inform the voter base, knock on doors and get involved.
Tom Conway, president of the United Steelworkers Union, has written in Daily Kos about the importance of the PRO Act.
Keith Aubrey’s construction job forced him to work long periods without a day off, even in the rain and lightning, all for a paltry salary and health benefits so lousy he could barely afford to see a doctor.
After being fired during the pandemic last year, Aubrey resolved to take control of his destiny and landed a life-changing union manufacturing position.
COVID-19 showed Americans that it is no longer enough to survive in jobs that barely pay household bills. They need wages to support the family cover child care costs, medical care that provides high-quality coverage in emergencies and other essential benefits that unions routinely provide to their members.
As the nation emerges from the pandemic, more and more workers are at the same tipping point as Aubrey.
People are finding dignity being taken from them, burdened with debt, and runaway billionaires in the administration who are far more interested in fun trips into space than paying their employees good salaries.
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