Sanders Confirms Inclusion of Provisions of PRO Act in Reconciliation Bill

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      The PRO Act, or the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, is a sweeping bill meant to strengthen unions and make it easier for workers to organize in the U.S. It has been lauded by progressives and the labor movement as a strong and crucial beginning to empower the working class in the country and provide a platform to level the playing field between workers and employers.

      As details of the reconciliation bill are still emerging, it’s still unclear which provisions of the PRO Act are included. One element that may be included is a proposal to create monetary penalties for companies violating labor laws, though that’s just one element of the broad pro-union proposal.

      As the Senate parliamentarian demonstrated earlier this year when she shot down a $15 federal minimum wage proposal for the latest stimulus package, budget reconciliation comes with strict guidelines for what can and can’t be included in the process. In crafting the bill, then, Senate Democrats must toe a thin line — and work around potential objections by the centrist raft of their caucus.

      The PRO Act, however, enjoys support from a wide swath of the Democratic Party. Pressure campaigns from labor activists convinced the conservative Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to back the proposal earlier this year. The bill passed the House in April but hasn’t been brought to a floor vote in the Senate since it would undoubtedly be shot down by Republicans and face the filibuster anyway.

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