Kaptur Floor Speech in Support of Protecting the Right to Organize Act

February 7, 2020
Press Release
Bill among the most significant pieces of legislation strengthening workers’ right to organize in over 80 years

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (PRO Act), which passed the House Thursday evening. The legislation will hold employers accountable for violating workers’ rights, end the use of forced arbitration, and strengthen the sacred right to join in union.

 

The PRO Act advances vital protections for working men and women across the country, including:

  • Introducing meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers’ rights;
  • Expanding workers’ collective bargaining rights and closing loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers; and
  • Strengthening workers’ access to fair union elections and requiring corporations to respect the results.

 

Rep. Kaptur’s floor speech is available below and here:


Mr. Speaker, today’s passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act is a major victory for the American worker.

 

Nationwide, millions of Americans work full-time jobs, yet earn unsustainable wages and little to no benefits. Too many people work multiple jobs yet struggle to make ends meet while they watch the stock market and their executives who together make millions upon millions.

 

But by restoring balance to the gutted National Labor Relations Act, the PRO Act will restore the collective voice and dignity of American workers from all backgrounds, no matter the color of their collar.

 

The PRO Act includes meaningful, enforceable penalties for union busting companies and executives. It restores workers’ ability to stand together by weakening states’ anti-labor “right to work” laws, and closes loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers. Most importantly, it strengthens workers’ right to free and fair union elections and requires corporations to respect the results.

 

American workers are the living fabric and backbone of our country and economy and the future of our prosperity. They deserve the power to stand together and advocate for themselves. The PRO Act is the pathway to that power.

 

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