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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Urges House Leadership to Vote on Legislation to Strengthen Labor Unions and Worker Rights

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan joined 75 of his House Democratic colleagues today in urging House Democratic leadership to hold a vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019. In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn, House Democrats called on bringing this legislation that strengthens labor union and worker rights to the House Floor.

The PRO Act protects union election from employer interference, requires employers to negotiate with newly elected unions, ensures employees cant be misclassified as supervisors or independent contractors, invalidate state “right-to-work-for-less” laws, and stiffens penalties for violations of workers’ rights.

“Labor unions built this country. They are the backbone of the middle class, and we have them to thank for the 40-hour work week, fair wages, and safe working conditions. I came to Congress to fight to protect workers, empower unions, and support the families that made this country great. Passing the PRO Act is critical to protecting these workers and families and ensuring that they receive the benefits they earned and so deeply deserve,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

“With House Democrats already following through on key priorities, like cleaning up corruption and lowering prescription drug costs, we believe the time is now for the House to also demonstrate its commitment to advancing major legislation that will empower our nation’s workers,” the Lawmakers wrote. “The PRO Act is bold, comprehensive legislation to strengthen unions and the American workforce.”

The full letter can be found here.