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Maloney Votes to Protect and Strengthen Hudson Valley Unions

Mar 9, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Protect and Strengthen Hudson Valley Unions

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, bold and comprehensive legislation to protect workers’ right to organize and, in turn, help rebuild the middle class and improve the quality of life for hard-working American families. This legislation would be the most significant upgrade for workers’ collective bargaining rights in more than 80 years.

“We need the strong democratizing and equalizing power of American unions to rebuild our economy and strengthen the middle class in the wake of COVID-19,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “After decades of anti-worker attacks by special interests, union membership is at an all-time low and income inequality is at an all-time high. That needs to change. This landmark legislation would help get our country back on its feet by putting power back in the hands of American workers. We must build an economy that works for every New Yorker, not just the wealthy few.”

“Our economy is strong when our unions are strong. Protecting American workers’ right to form a union when and where they want, goes hand in hand with building a strong middle class. When workers are able to stand together and organize, they have higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. I’m happy to see this bill pass the House, so we can get one step closer to building an economy where everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” said Sparrow Tobin, President of Hudson Valley Labor Federation.

Over the last eight decades, unions have consistently provided workers with 10- to 20-percent higher wages. When workers have the right to unionize, they have higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. However, relentless anti-union attacks funded by wealthy special interests have resulted in a steep drop in union membership, which has eroded America’s middle class and expanded inequality. In 2020, just 10.8 percent of American workers were union members. At its peak in the 1950s, the rate of union membership was roughly 33 percent.

In response to these attacks on union membership, The PRO Act:

  1. Provides new tools to protect workers from anti-union intimidation and retaliation
  2. Establishes stronger safeguards to ensure workers can hold free and fair union elections
  3. Introduces meaningful penalties for companies ⎯ and executives ⎯ that violate workers’ collective bargaining rights.