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National AFL-CIO Plans National Day Of Action April 8th In Support Of The Pro Act

Published Sunday, April 4, 2021
by Mark Gruenberg/Via People’s World
National AFL-CIO Plans National Day Of Action April 8th In Support Of The Pro Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO plans a National Day of Action on April 8th, during the Congressional recess, to have Workers lobby Senators to pass the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein announced.

If four Democratic holdouts and one Independent can be turned around the act will become Law.

Dimondstein, a Member of the National AFL-CIO’s policy-making Executive Council, disclosed the plans for the day of action in recently-held Zoom tele-conference with his Union’s members.

“Get involved with these fights, the fight for voting rights and the fight for Workers’ Rights,” he urged at the very end of the 1-1/2-hour conference call.

The Democratic-run House passed the PRO Act in March, with all but one Democrat voting for it, along with five Republicans backing it.

The rest of the GOP opposed it.

The Senate, split 50-50 between the two parties, is another matter.

Sources told The Intercept that Majority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat-New York) told National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka he would not bring the PRO Act (HR842) to the floor unless it has 50 sponsors and co-sponsors.

It has 45 right now. 

No Republicans are expected to sign on.

The five Democratic holdouts are: Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, both from Arizona; Mark Warner from Virginia; Joe Manchin from West Virginia; and Angus King, the Independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats.

Democratic President Joe Biden strongly supports the PRO Act, and added it to his outspoken endorsement of the Union Organizing Drive at Amazon’s big Bessemer, Alabama Warehouse.

Results from the Recognition Election there, among 5,805 Workers, are expected momentarily.

“All of us deserve to enjoy America’s promise in full and our Nation’s leaders have a responsibility to deliver it,” Biden said before the House vote. “That starts with rebuilding Unions.  Unions give Workers a stronger voice to increase wages, improve the quality of jobs and protect job security, protect against racial and all other forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, and protect Workers’ health, safety, and benefits in the workplace.  Unions lift up Workers, both Union and Non-Union.  They are critical to strengthening our economic competitiveness.  But too many employers and states prevent them from doing so through Anti-Union attacks.  They know that without Unions, they can run the table on Workers - Union and Non-Union alike.  We should all remember the National Labor Relations Act didn’t just say we shouldn’t hamstring Unions or merely tolerate them.  It said we should encourage Unions.  The PRO Act would take critical steps to help restore this intent.”

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