Thursday, February 18, 2021
Members of the New Jersey delegation to Congress, with one exception, showed leadership and ongoing support for working families when they signed aboard as original co-sponsors of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act - the PRO Act.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd District, chose not to co-sponsor this long-overdue pro-labor bill. Once the PRO Act is passed, working men and women will be guaranteed the ability to unite as a collective bargaining unit and reach a first contract after organizing. This legislation will repeal so-called "right-to-work" laws that lead to lower wages, ban the hiring of permanent replacements to punish striking employees, and strengthen the National Labor Relations Board, which took its marching orders from big business under the previous administration.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks and commends the co-sponsors from New Jersey: Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Reps. Donald Norcross, D-1st District, Andy Kim, D-3rd District, Chris Smith, R-4th District, Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th District, Tom Malinowski, D-7th District, Albio Sires, D-8th District, Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th District, Donald Payne Jr., D-10th District, Mikie Sherrill, D-11th District, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th District.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO looks forward to working with them for the swift passage of this bill.