The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

IATSE Weekly Newsletter 3/12/2021

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would be the most significant worker empowerment legislation passed since the Great Depression. It would help level the playing field in an economy pillaged by inequality and anti-worker legislation and would make the freedom to negotiate collectively a reality for 60 million American workers. The passage of the PRO Act is an important step to rebuilding the American working class, not just from the policy failures of the last few decades, but also the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key provisions of the PRO Act include:

  • Establishing a mediation process to help management and labor find common ground

  • Giving the National Labor Relations Board authority to order employers to negotiate in good faith with their workers and enforce penalties to prevent union-busting or deliberate misclassification by bad actors

  • Eliminating the “right-to-work” (for less) laws of the Jim Crow Era that enable free riders

  • Banning compulsory “captive audience meetings” and use of intimidation as a union-busting tactic

  • Protecting the right to strike and make it illegal for bosses to fire and replace workers who walk off the job to protest for better conditions

Making the PRO Act into law is a cornerstone of the 2021 IATSE Federal Issue Agenda and hundreds of IATSE members from across the country have already stepped up to voice support for this critical legislation. To learn more about the PRO Act and how you can get involved in the fight to pass it, please use the links below:

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