Scott Celebrates the House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

February 6, 2020
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

“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.”