FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2020
Collin Rees, Oil Change International, collin [at] priceofoil.org
Patrick Davis, Friends of the Earth, pdavis [at] foe.org
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, D.C. — In a letter sent today to Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, more than 70 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.”
Groups signing the letter include Friends of the Earth, Green For All, Greenpeace USA, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oil Change International, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, 350.org, and dozens more.