Cicilline Remarks on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

Mar 9, 2021 Issues: Jobs and the Economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke on the House floor today on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842).

A video of Cicilline’s remarks can be viewed by clicking the image below. The full text of his remarks, as delivered, is embedded at the end of this email.

David N. Cicilline
Floor Remarks on H.R. 842
March 9, 2021

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the PRO Act.

Union membership is at historic lows, while inequality is at historic highs.

The tremendous income inequality in our country is due, in large part, to anti-union policies that have stripped workers of the freedom to negotiate collectively for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

Strong unions are essential to rebuilding the middle class and improving the lives of millions of Americans.

The PRO Act ensures workers have the freedom to decide for themselves, without retaliation, whether to form a union.

It strengthens safeguards to ensure workers can hold free and fair union elections. And it imposes penalties on companies and executives that violate workers' collective bargaining rights.

Passing the PRO Act will not only strengthen Rhode Island's workers' ability to join a union, it will help rebuild the middle class and create an economy where everyone can succeed.

I urge all my colleagues to support the PRO Act.

And with that, I yield back.