WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined House and Senate Democrats in introducing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act – comprehensive legislation to strengthen protections for workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As wage inequality continues to leave workers and middle-class families behind, this legislation would empower millions of Americans to stand together and ensure hardworking people are getting their fair share of economic growth. 

“Our country was built by hardworking men and women who, over the years, organized and fought hard for workers’ rights,” said Senator Carper. “Unfortunately, today, instead of working to protect Delaware’s middle-class families, the Trump Administration is focusing its energy on ensuring that wealthy shareholders and executives can take an even bigger cut of corporate profits. That’s why I’m proud to join Senator Coons and my Democratic colleagues to introduce the PRO Act, which will protect millions of Americans’ right to organize and negotiate fair wages and working conditions.” 

“Unions helped create America’s middle class and have fought to ensure that generations of workers receive better wages and benefits,” said Senator Coons. “I was proud to join Senator Carper and our Democratic colleagues in introducing the PRO Act to protect the rights of Delaware’s workers to form unions and negotiate fair working conditions.” 

Specifically, the PRO Act would:

  • Establish penalties on predatory corporations that violate workers’ rights, and combat misclassification of workers as supervisors and independent contractors.
  • Strengthen workers’ right to strike for basic workplace improvements, including higher wages and better working conditions.
  • Create a mandatory mediation and arbitration process to ensure corporations and newly formed unions reach a first contract.
  • Authorize unions and employers to negotiate agreements that allow unions to collect fair-share fees that cover the costs of representation.
  • Streamline the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) procedures to secure worker freedoms and effectively prevent violations.
  • Protect the integrity of union elections against coercive captive audience meetings.

In the House, the PRO Act was introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor; Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), chairwoman of the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee; Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02). 

The Senate companion was introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV).