Before I enlisted during the Vietnam War, I was a proud UAW member working at Caterpillar alongside my Navy veteran dad, who was also a UAW member.
The right of working people to organize into labor unions has benefitted workers and veterans since World War II. Unfortunately, those rights have been systematically whittled away in favor of corporations.
We have seen what happens when huge corporations have unfettered economic power. We have seen what has happened with exploding CEO pay while workers have fallen behind.
The pending PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize) will help reverse that imbalance.
The PRO act:
- Provides the freedom for workers to join a union if they want to.
- Stops corporations from retaliating against working people who support the right to unionize.
- Stops corporations from retaliatory firing of striking workers.
- Would repeal so-called “right-to-work” laws, which really mean right-to-work for less.
Please, please call your senators to urge them to vote for the PRO Act. It benefits all workers, all veterans and their families.
Former Illinois 12th District Congressman
and retired Illinois Adjutant General
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The bill was passed by the House of Representatives last year but it languishes in the Senate, where Republicans have all but killed it with stall tactics.)