Kildee Introduces Bill to Strengthen Workers' Rights in Michigan

Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This bill would strengthen federal laws to protect workers' right to organize, negotiate wages and fight for fair working conditions. This bill comes on White Shirt Day, a day honoring the workers who participated in the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936 and 1937.

"We've made a lot of progress since the Flint Sit Down Strike, but today workers still face attacks. Strong labor unions and worker rights are essential for a fair economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," Congressman Kildee said. "When workers are able to collectively bargain, they receive higher wages, better benefits and stronger workplace safety protections. I applaud the passage of this pro-worker legislation that is more necessary now than ever before. As we continue to recover from this pandemic and rebuild our economy, it is imperative that we ensure all workers have the right to organize."

The PRO Act would guarantee the rights of workers by:

Strengthening workers' right to strike for basic workplace improvements;
Protecting the right of workers, whether in a union or not, to engage in collective legal actions, such as employment-related class action lawsuits;
Protecting workers who try to join a union from employer retaliation; and
Authorizing monetary penalties for employers who violate federal labor laws.
Congressman Kildee is a strong advocate for Michigan workers. This Congress, he cosponsored the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. Throughout the pandemic, he has advocated for hazard pay for essential frontline workers. Congressman Kildee voted for the House-passed The Heroes Act, which would establish a $200 billion Heroes' fund to ensure that essential workers receive hazard pay.