On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This was the biggest labor law reform bill to pass a House of Congress in more than a decade. For your reference there is an FAQ and LIUNA’s support letter for the bill.

The Pro Act passed on a mostly party-line vote: 224-194.

Five GOPs voted yes on final passage and seven Democrats voted no on final passage, including Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX) and Rep. Kendra Horn (OK).

All GOP amendments failed. Meadows’ amendment to strike Right to Work (RTW) ban from the bill failed 186-235; three Dems voted yes/wrong (Cunningham, Cuellar, McAdams); and 10 GOPs voted against it (Bost, R Davis, Emmer, Fitzpatrick, Joyce, King (NY), McKinley, Reschenthaler, Smith (NJ), and Stauber).

The Senate version of the bill, S. 1306, has 40 cosponsors.

While passage of the PRO Act shows the commitment of a clear majority of House members to strengthening the right of workers to organize, the outlook in the Conservative-dominated U.S. Senate are not as promising.