Rep. Eshoo Votes to Strengthen Workers’ Rights to Organize and Collectively Bargain

March 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (Pro) Act, historic legislation to strengthen the basic right of workers to organize and negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

“The erosion of America’s middle class is a result of decades of attacks on the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain for higher wages and better benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed that far too many workers lack access to basic workplace safety protections, health care, and paid leave. To rebuild our economy to make it stronger, workers must have the power to stand together for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions,” said Rep. Eshoo. “I voted for the PRO Act and cosponsored this legislation to protect workers’ right to organize and improve the quality of life for America’s middle class and their families. It’s time the economy works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.”

The PRO Act ensures that workers can decide for themselves whether to exercise their right to form a union. This legislation would be the most significant upgrade for workers’ collective bargaining rights in more than 80 years. The PRO Act:

  1. Provides new tools to protect workers from anti-union intimidation and retaliation;
  2. Establishes stronger safeguards to ensure workers can hold free and fair union elections; and
  3. Introduces meaningful penalties for companies ⎯ and executives ⎯ that violate workers’ collective bargaining rights.

To download a factsheet on the PRO Act click HERE.