In response to the reintroduction of the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), Century Foundation President and former Deputy Director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, Mark Zuckerman, released the following:
“The PRO Act is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive attempts to fix our broken labor laws to date. Not only does the legislation ban the most commonly used union-busting techniques, it strengthens workers’ fundamental right to strike and ensures that millions of workers currently excluded from labor law protections due to misclassification have an equal right to join a union. Perhaps most importantly, the PRO Act would treat labor rights as civil rights—an idea that TCF has helped push into the mainstream for years.
“The evidence is overwhelmingly clear: unions are good for democracy, good for workers, and good for our economy as a whole. With public approval of organized labor at its highest level in 50+ years, it’s time that both the House and Senate pass the bipartisan PRO Act. Doing so would deliver bigger paychecks, better benefits, and safer working conditions to tens of millions of workers across the country.”