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February 6, 2020

UFCW Applauds House Passage of The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

America’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls Bill Passage Major Step to Put Power Back in the Hands of Workers Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) applauded the passage of H.R. 2474, the “The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act” by the U.S. House of Representatives. UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“Today’s passage of the PRO Act sends a powerful message that members of Congress are standing with American workers and supporting their right to make their voices heard.

“The PRO Act would put into action the strongest labor reforms in 80 years. This bill will restore protections that enable workers to join a union and empower them to negotiate for the higher wages, better benefits, more secure retirement and safer workplace they have earned. And thanks to strong enforcement measures, the PRO Act will hold corporations accountable for any violations of workers’ rights.

“American workers need to know their rights are protected and that Congress has their back. UFCW is proud to support the PRO Act and urges the Senate to quickly pass this bill and send it to President Trump’s desk for his signature.

Background:

  • Attacks on unions and workers’ rights to form a union have led to an overall decline in the rights of workers and the deterioration of the prosperity of America’s working families.
  • From 1983 to 2016, the household wealth of the median American household decreased by 3% while the wealth of the top .1% increased by 133%.
  • In response, the “The Protecting the Right to Organize Act” or PRO Act would help to reverse the dangerous economic decline of the American worker and protecting America’s workers’ rights.
  • H.R. 2474, the PRO Act, passed the House on February 6, 2020 with bipartisan support.

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org