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U.S. Rep. Newman (IL-03) Votes to Pass Landmark Legislation to Protect Unions and Workers’ Rights

March 9, 2021

Amendment proposed by Rep. Newman and passed in the PRO Act would require all notices informing workers of their rights to organize to be posted in the languages spoken by the employees

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act — landmark legislation designed to protect workers’ rights to organize and help rebuild the middle class by improving the quality of life for workers and their families. As the most significant upgrade for workers’ collective bargaining rights in more than 80 years, the PRO Act provides new tools to protect workers from anti-union intimidation and retaliation, and establishes stronger safeguards to ensure workers can hold free and fair union elections. 

“For far too long, the rights of millions of American workers have been undermined and attacked in this country. American workers, many of whom have been on the frontlines of this pandemic since day one, continue to be forced to work with lousy benefits, in unsafe conditions, and for insufficient pay because they don’t have the ability to organize for stronger rights,” said Congresswoman Newman. “If we want to rebuild our economy, we have to start by supporting the men and women who are the backbone of our economy – America’s union workers. With the passage of the PRO Act, we are ensuring every worker will not only know their rights but have every tool at their disposal to organize together for fair wages and safe working conditions. This comprehensive legislation will ensure our American workers have a voice because when unions are strong – our country, our city and our communities are strong.” 

Today’s passage of the PRO Act includes an amendment proposed by Congresswoman Newman, which would require that all notices informing workers of their rights to organize to be posted in the languages spoken by the employees.  

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