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Environmental Groups Demand Congress Protect the Right to Organize Unions

Groups call on members to support unions to further the fight against climate change.

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent today to Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, more than 60 environmental groups called on the chamber to pass the Protect the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act. The bill is  expected to receive a vote on Thursday.

The PRO Act would make common-sense changes to existing law to enable workers who want to organize and form unions to do so. It would penalize corporations that break the law, limit tactics used to intimidate workers, help workers who organize secure timely collective bargaining agreements and institute a number of changes to better enable workers to act in solidarity with one another.

“As organizations dedicated to a sustainable future, we believe that such a future must include fair treatment for the people and communities working to build a clean and thriving economy,” the letter says. “The PRO Act would help advance that goal and help us rebuild our economy to function for both people and the planet.”

Read the full letter and review the full list of signers here.

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