The U.S. House of Representatives just passed the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, perhaps the most significant labor law reform legislation since the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, often known as “Labor’s Magna Carta,” establishing the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively. A recent Op-Ed says that “the PRO Act would give American workers a fighting chance to earn a decent living.” But “big business lobbyists and anti-union politicians are lining up to block the PRO Act” in the Senate.
The Op-Ed is “The American middle class is dead—The PRO Act would resuscitate it.” It is by Todd E. Vachon, Ph.D., faculty coordinator of the Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN) in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In addition to his academic role, Todd has played a leading role in organizing unions and building labor-environmental alliances to fight climate change.
Want a short, comprehensive look at the PRO Act and what it means for U.S. workers? See “The American middle class is dead—The PRO Act would resuscitate it.”