NEW YORK – Common Defense, America’s largest grassroots group of progressive veterans, is proud to be a supporter of Unions and a co-sponsor of the PRO Act.
The PRO Act makes the American dream accessible for millions of workers.This landmark legislation empowers workers to negotiate for better working conditions and benefits, holds greedy corporations accountable, and prevents anti-unionization efforts.
We will finally abolish the Jim Crow era “right to work” laws which have allowed CEOs to suck up 230x the earnings of the average worker. Now we call upon the Senate to pass this long overdue legislation and send it to President Biden for his signature.
For decades, worker productivity has skyrocketed not only due to advancements in technology, but because workers are being forced to work harder than ever before. Trillion dollar companies like Amazon track every move a worker makes, causing warehouse employees to live in fear of losing their jobs if they take a bathroom break. No more. With the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, workers will finally be able to begin recouping some of the revenue which they rightfully earn with the sweat equity they put in every day.
Veterans will benefit greatly from the provisions of the PRO Act. After joining the military, serving their country, learning valuable skills and trades, still about a third of working veterans make less than $30,000 per year. Collective bargaining levels the playing field for veterans of all backgrounds, but especially for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community. A union contract can eliminate wage disparities or pay gaps for women and minorities. With the epidemic of suicide in the veteran community, financial stability is one easy way to make sure we take care of those who took an oath to protect and defend us.
By giving workers the opportunity to unionize and incentivizing companies to support unionization efforts, the PRO Act empowers the American worker again.