On March 9, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which major unions like the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the American Federation of Teachers, and SEIU support. Today, the AFL-CIO held its “National Day of Action” to pass the PRO Act.
Essentially, this piece of legislation would overrule state right-to-work laws, make it easier for workers to form a union via card checks, ban mandatory employer captive audience meetings, and strengthen the penalties against companies that interfere with union drives. It’d be one step towards finally evening the playing field for workers against bosses, and maybe help make us less miserable at our jobs and less at the mercy of executives if we have more protections on the job and the protection of a union.
On top of that, the PRO Act expands the righ to organize to freelance and independent contract workers, who as of now are barred from unionizing because of anti-trust laws. I wrote about why the PRO Act would actually be good for freelance workers, even though a cottage industry of misinformation has sprung up around the issue and confused a hell of a lot of people. You can read that here, at The Strikewave.
I also wrote about the ongoing negotiations between The New Yorker Union and publisher Condé Nast. On March 26, unions at The New Yorker, Ars Technica, and Pitchfork voted 98% across all three outlets to authorize a strike if the publisher doesn’t agree to negotiate in good faith with them for a contract at the bargaining table. As of writing, the strike is on hold, but union members are still fighting for a fair first contract. You can read that here, at Columbia News Service.
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