VIRGINIA CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PRAISES PASSAGE OF WORKERS RIGHT TO UNIONIZE BILL

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Rep. Scott: “When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions. Strong unions not only benefit those represented by unions, they benefit non-union workers."
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Thursday, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott, House Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act [224-194].

“Today, House Democrats advanced the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is a bold proposal that makes necessary changes to protect and strengthen workers’ power in the workplace.

“When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions. Strong unions not only benefit those represented by unions, they benefit non-union workers and the children of union members. Union contracts are proven to even reduce the persistent racial and gender wage gaps, because under a union contract, men and women, Blacks and whites – everyone – gets equal pay for equal work.

“The sustained, decades-long attacks on labor have driven union membership to historic lows and revealed that current labor laws are too weak to defend workers’ basic right to join a union and collectively bargain with their employer. The PRO Act is a comprehensive and sensible response that will level the playing field for workers.

“Under the PRO Act, workers will have greater power to stand together and join a union, companies will be held accountable for violating the law, and workers will be able to decide whether to form a union without interference.

“Americans believe that hard work should pay off, but many people are working too hard for too little. I commend my colleagues for advancing this landmark legislation, and I call on the Senate to stand with workers and put this bill on the president’s desk.”

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