The Pro Act
The PRO Act is a federal policy aimed at strengthening workers’ rights and removing barriers to join together in a union.
The Bill would do the following:
- Create enforceable and important penalties for companies the violate workers’ rights including civil penalties on employers for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Expand workers collective bargaining rights and strike rights, closing loopholes like misclassification, and giving workers the power to override “right to work” laws by agreeing on a fair share clause.
- Strengthen access to fair elections and first contracts– prohibiting employers from holding mandatory anti-union meetings and putting mechanisms like federal arbitrators in place to secure a first contract within a year.
The PRO Act passed the House in early March and the next front is the US Senate. You can learn more about the PRO Act here: Toolkit (google.com)
You can support the PRO Act by sharing information in your community and social media, writing a letter to the editor, and/or contacting your US Senators.
Here’s the link to make a call to your US Senators: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pro-act/
And here’s the link to send a letter to your US Senators: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/pro-act/
Raise the Wage Act
The Raise the Wage Act is a federal policy that would raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 to $15/hr by 2025 and phase out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, teens, and people with disabilities.
You can learn more about this policy from the Economic Policy Institute Fact Sheet here: https://www.epi.org/publication/why-america-needs-a-15-minimum-wage/
You can take action by adding your name here or by contacting your federal representatives in the House and Senate: