WASHINGTON – As the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions prepares to meet this afternoon to discuss the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (HR 2474, S 1306), American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:
“When workers band together and use their collective voice, they can fight for better working conditions, more competitive wages and benefits, and improvements that benefit employees and employers. Studies show that nearly half of U.S. workers would join a union if given a chance – quadruple the number of current union members.
“Unfortunately, anti-union politicians and activists have exploited our weak labor laws to make it almost impossible for workers to organize a union and bargain collectively. This has resulted in a rigged economy, where the richest one percent of Americans saw their income grow 205% between 1980 and 2014, compared to 1% growth for the bottom half of all income earners.
“The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would restore fairness to our economy by empowering workers to negotiate for better wages and working conditions. Thank you to Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia for introducing this important legislation in their respective chambers, and thank you to everyone who has cosponsored the House and Senate bills. AFGE strongly endorses this legislation and urges lawmakers to vote for its passage.”