Rep. Johnson Votes to Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

March 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted to pass H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (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. 

“Our economy depends on a strong middle class, and America’s middle class has a union label on it” said Rep. Johnson.  “When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.  After decades of anti-worker attacks and assaults on the freedom to join a union, protecting workers’ right to organize will help rebuild the middle class and improve the quality of life for workers and their families.  That is why I proudly joined my colleagues to pass the historic PRO Act and safeguard every American’s freedom to choose to join in a union and build a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

The Protecting the Right to Organize 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:

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

“I will never stop fighting to strengthen the rights of working men and women and ensure they can continue to strengthen our communities and power our economy,” continued Rep. Johnson.  “With this essential legislation, Democrats are taking bold action to not only support American workers suffering during this challenging time, but we are advancing progress to Build Back Better For The People.”

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