"It's on Mitch McConnell's desk" - Voted no by Bergman, Ferguson supports PRO-Act

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

NEGAUNEE, Mich. -- This is it. We are now just three weeks away from Election Day on Tues. Aug 4. As the election grows closer every day, so do the stakes for working families.

In the age of COVID-19, the safety and security of our jobs is more important now more than ever before. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are without the security strong unions provide to Americans.

I am a strong supporter of unions not just because of the security they’ve provided in my life, but also for the way they’ve made all of our lives better. Whether it’s the 40-hour workweek, health care benefits, or even paid vacation and sick time, many of us enjoy these benefits because of the sacrifice our union brothers and sisters gave for all of us.

We will always need strong unions which is why I’m a strong supporter of the PRO-Act, H.R.2474 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019. Despite Rep. Jack Bergman's no vote, the legislation passed and currently sits on Mitch Connell's desk in the US Senate.

This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act and related labor laws to extend protections to union workers. Specifically, it,

  • Revises the definition of "employee" and "supervisor" to prevent employers from classifying employees as exempt from labor law protections,

  • Expands unfair labor practices to include prohibitions against replacement of or discrimination against workers who participate in strikes,

  • Makes it an unfair labor practice to require or coerce employees to attend employer meetings designed to discourage union membership,

  • Permits workers to participate in collective or class action litigation,

  • Allows injunctions against employers engaging in unfair labor practices involving discharge or serious economic harm to an employee,

  • Expands penalties for labor law violations, including interference with the National Labor Relations Board or causing serious economic harm to an employee, and

  • Allows any person to bring a civil action for harm caused by labor law violations or unfair labor practices.

Everyone should have the right to collectively bargain and form unions, without fear of retaliation from employers, period.

I’m running for Congress to be a strong ally for union rights and support the hardworking families that keep this country moving forward.

This isn’t just my vision. It’s ours. I need your help to make it a reality. Take a moment today to help our campaign send a strong union ally to Washington.

I stand in solidarity with all my union brothers and sisters.