Supporting the PRO Act

Pride At Work is fundamentally a labor-based organization dedicated to furthering the rights of LGBTQ+ workers.We are unabashedly pro-worker, and therefore pro-union. History shows that increased unionization has the power to dramatically decrease economic inequality and build broadly shared prosperity.This is especially true for workers that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Making the economy work for working people will restore faith in our economy and our democracy. Union contracts are the single best tool for closing racial and gender pay gaps while ensuring fair and dignified treatment of ALL workers.The best, most expansive protections LGBTQ+ workers can attain is an inclusive union contract.

We all do better when we all do better has been a guiding principle of the labor movement for decades, and it is more true and relevant today than ever before.

Unfortunately, the last significant federal labor legislation was the National Labor Relations Act (“Wagner Act”) of 1935, which has been significantly weakened over time by Congress, by courts, and by legislation in many states.The playing field is so severely tilted in the favor of corporations that many workers are afraid to even attempt forming a union.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (“PRO”) Act, which has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and attracted 47 co-sponsors in the Senate, would override states’ so-called “right-to-work laws,” end the ban on secondary boycotts, implement card check, ban captive-audience meetings, enable independent contractors to organize collectively, and impose monetary penalties on companies and executives that violate workers’ rights – thus contributing significantly to a leveling of the playing field between workers who want to form a union and employers who’ve been exploiting weaknesses in the current law by intimidating and interfering with workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively.

Pride at Work therefore commits to the following actions in support of the PRO Act:

  • Redouble our support of the PRO Act and promote the bill in all forums where we operate
  • Urge our members to contact their senators and urge them to break the log jam in the Senate and pass the PRO Act so President Biden can sign it into law
  • Continue to support the efforts of the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions and constituency groups as we work together to pass the PRO Act

Submitted by Pride at Work National