The Protecting the Right to Organize Act was passed by the U.S. House last year but was blocked in the Senate. This year, we have another chance to make history. It’s time to pass the PRO Act. It would institute civil penalties against employers who illegally fire or retaliate against workers who attempt to form a union.

Current penalties are a drop in the bucket, meaning employers routinely retaliate against pro-union workers. The bosses know they can undermine the organizing campaign and will face no real consequences. The PRO Act would put the decision of whether or not to form a union back where it belongs — in the hands of workers, free from employer interference.

Jean Eilers

Northeast Portland