The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) issued the following statement today following the introduction of the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 20):
“For too long, working families in this country have been denied their basic rights to organize for better working conditions by bad-faith employers and unscrupulous contractors. It is long past time that Congress listens to the overwhelming majority of Americans who support workers’ rights to form a union and come together to pass the bipartisan PRO Act.
“This legislation will fix the outdated National Labor Relations Act and ensure that more employers are not allowed to violate the rights of workers. The PRO Act will end the dangerous anti-worker so-called Right-to-Work laws that undermine workers’ ability to earn fair wages and collectively bargain for better working conditions; it will ensure workers can reach timely first contracts; it will end the ability of employers to undercut striking workers by hiring permanent replacements; and it will ensure all Americans, regardless of circumstance or profession, have the opportunity to form a union should they choose to do so.
“Working families in this country have strong champions in Leader Schumer, Leader Jeffries, Chairman Sanders, Chairman Scott, and Congressman Fitzpatrick. The entire United Association looks forward to working with both parties to put workers first and protect the right to organize by passing the PRO Act.”