Legislative Issue: The PRO Act

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is the cornerstone of the AFL-CIO’s Workers First Agenda. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the PRO Act in 2020, but an anti-worker majority blocked it in the Senate. As it is reintroduced, it must now pass both chambers of Congress, and President Biden will need to sign it to increase the power of working Americans, rebuild our economy fairly and grow our labor movement.

The PRO Act is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression. If it passes, the PRO Act will:

  • Empower workers to organize and bargain.
  • Hold corporations accountable for union-busting.
  • Repeal “right to work” laws, which were created during the Jim Crow era to promote and enforce segregation by preventing workers from unionizing together.

Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work. Passing the PRO Act will be the first step in getting there.

A few stats to consider:

  • Stronger union membership means better wages. Between 1948 and 1973, when New Deal era laws expanded and enforced collective bargaining, hourly wages rose by more than 90%.
  • Working people want to unionize or join unions. An MIT study shows nearly 60 million people would vote to join a union today if given the opportunity.
  • Union density rose in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A Gallup poll shows that union approval is at 65%--the highest in about 50 years.

Take action: Use this toolkit to spread the word and call for your Congress member to PASS THE PRO ACT