WASHINGTON, DC (FEBRUARY 4, 2021) – Today, the PRO Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation reforms labor laws by amending the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and strengthens workers’ ability to bargain with employers. Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO President James Slevin released the following statement today in support of the legislation:
Over the past year the coronavirus pandemic called attention to many underlying issues we must face as a society, but it especially revealed the gaping power disparity between workers and employers. These problems existed long before this public health crisis and they’ll be around long after unless we pass sweeping reforms like those included in the PRO Act.
The PRO Act removes barriers to organizing, empowers those who are marginalized and ensures due process for workers. This legislation represents the most sweeping labor law reform in a generation and will make workplaces safer and more equitable. We urge lawmakers to support this important legislation and to move quickly to restore workers’ rights on the job.
Chartered in 1945, the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO represents around 50,000 active members employed in America’s utility sectors including the electric, gas, water, and related professional and service industries. James Slevin is the UWUA’s National President. For more information visit https://uwua.net.