House Passes Rep. Delgado-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Protect Workers’ Rights and Strengthen Unions

March 9, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act. The historic PRO Act will help rebuild the middle class by protecting workers’ basic right to join a union, holding employers accountable for violating workers’ rights and securing free, fair and safe union elections. U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) is an original co-sponsor of the PRO Act and joined with Democrats and Republicans to pass the legislation in the House.

“When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have bigger paychecks, better benefits, and safer working conditions,” said Rep. Delgado. “The PRO Act ensures Americans can exercise their collective bargaining rights by closing loopholes in federal labor laws, strengthening existing worker protection provisions, and increasing transparency. During the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate profits have soared while most Americans worked too hard for too little. Workers need the PRO Act to negotiate a fair share of the profits they produce. I encourage the Senate to take up this crucial bill immediately.”

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:

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