What is Organizing?
- Captive audience meetings
- One-on-one meetings with supervisors
- Threats to close or move the workplace if workers vote to unionize
- Hiring professional consultants (union-busters) to coordinate anti-worker campaigns
- Firing workers for union activity
What Have Unions Done for Us?
Fair treatment for women, people of all ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities
You have the RIGHT to join and be represented by a Union. IBEW Local 488 would like to be that Union. The IBEW represents over 700,000 workers across the country and you can be one of us.
Recently, legislation has been brought to congress to strengthen workers rights in organizing and bringing a Union to the workplace. Current labor law is outdated and over the years has been interpreted to provide more power to employers and less power to employees.
The PRO Act (Protect the Right to Organize) is proposed federal legislation that will overhaul our current labor laws, which are woefully outdated and ineffective as a means for working people to have our voices heard. To learn more about the PRO Act from the AFL-CIO, visit https://aflcio.org/pro-act
Summary of the PRO Act:
Introduced in Senate (02/24/2021)
Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021
This bill expands various labor protections related to employees' rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace.
Among other things:
- it revises the definitions of employee, supervisor, and employer to broaden the scope of individuals covered by the fair labor standards; permits labor organizations to encourage participation of union members in strikes initiated by employees represented by a different labor organization (i.e., secondary strikes); and prohibits employers from bringing claims against unions that conduct such secondary strikes.
- The bill also allows collective bargaining agreements to require all employees represented by the bargaining unit to contribute fees to the labor organization for the cost of such representation, notwithstanding a state law to the contrary; and expands unfair labor practices to include prohibitions against replacement of, or discrimination against, workers who participate in strikes.
- The bill makes it an unfair labor practice to require or coerce employees to attend employer meetings designed to discourage union membership and prohibits employers from entering into agreements with employees under which employees waive the right to pursue or a join collective or class-action litigation.
- Finally, the bill addresses the procedures for union representation elections, modifies the protections against unfair labor practices that result in serious economic harm, and establishes penalties and permits injunctive relief against entities that fail to comply with National Labor Relations Board orders.
To view the Text of the PRO Act Bill, CLICK HERE
The Protecting the Right to Organize Act restores workplace fairness and has already passed the House of Representatives twice. But anti-worker Senators are standing in the way again.
The PRO Act is a once in a lifetime chance to:
- Repeal “right to work” laws that lower wages.
- Empower workers to organize and bargain.
- Hold corporations accountable for union-busting.
Connecticut's Representatives and Senators are in support of the PRO Act, but you can still let them know of your support and to encourage them to keep pushing their colleagues to pass this extremely important legislation. Pass this information along to your family members and friends, and together we will put power back into the hands of workers.
CLICK HERE to find your Representative in Washington DC
CLICK HERE to find your Senators in Washington DC