TN AFL-CIO Applauds Introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act
Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus and Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling released the following statement on the introduction of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
"Today's introduction of the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act is a pivotal moment for working families across the country and right here in Tennessee. For too long, our antiquated labor laws have made it difficult to effectively make our voices heard and secure a seat at the table. Passing the PRO Act gives us an opportunity to change the conversation and ensure that the components of a Workers First Agenda are sufficiently implemented, ushering in the bold change that we deserve.
In the 'Right to Work' state of Tennessee, we've seen the negative effects of what happens when the power and influence of big business goes unchecked. From dismally-low wages that have failed to rise with the cost of living for generations, to a higher number of workers dying on the job, those who have made it their mission to keep us down must be held accountable for their actions. The PRO Act is a good first step in making sure that happens.
Working families joined together and spoke up in record numbers this past November. Now, we must do the same once again to ensure that this historic legislation passes both chambers of Congress, is signed by President Biden, and ultimately becomes law. By increasing worker power, we can rebuild our economy fairly and ensure that it works for all working families. We are prepared to join together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the country so that we begin our journey of building back better."