PRO Act Reintroduced

By Jenna Sablan

Democrats in the US House and Senate reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) this term. The bill contains several provisions that address unfair labor practices by updating antiquated labor laws to allow more workers to form and join unions. The bill’s section on protected activities would prohibit employers from replacing employees who strike, prevent employers from misclassifying employees, and prohibit captiveaudience meetings. The proposal would also empower the National Labor Relations Board to meaningfully enforce workers’ rights, including by imposing penalties for unfair practices. Workers would receive expanded rights to organize unions, hold fair union representation elections, boycott, and collect fair-share fees. The AAUP and multiple other labor organizations support the passage of the PRO Act.