RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PRO ACT

Resolution in support of comprehensive labor law reforms that empower and protect working people by allowing us the freedom to join together at work, negotiate a fair return on our work and hold our employers accountable.

WHEREAS, the wage and wealth gap between the rich and poor has reached a 50-year high, and research shows the assault on union density is a direct cause of the rise in economic inequality; and

WHEREAS, the rise in economic inequality and poverty has far-ranging repercussions on issues, including affordable housing, public safety, public health, environmental protection, quality education, infrastructure and more; and

WHEREAS, it is in our society’s best interest to alleviate poverty by providing good, safe and secure employment to all, and to hold corporations and employers accountable for their actions and conduct; and

WHEREAS, by joining together in a union, working people secure a voice on the job, the power to act collectively, the power to negotiate a fair return on our work, the ability to hold employers accountable, and the power to address discrimination and harassment; and

WHEREAS, corporate interests have surgically weakened our labor laws to tilt the balance of power to favor corporations over working families, leaving our labor laws woefully outdated and weak; and

WHEREAS, outdated labor laws have been exploited by employers to coerce, intimidate and punish workers for exercising our democratic rights, to break the law with impunity, to avoid accountability, and to erode the democratic rights of workers; and

WHEREAS, our labor laws no longer serve as an effective means for protecting and empowering working people, and the unbridled power of corporations has prevented more working people from joining together in unions; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Maine AFL-CIO will advocate for and support federal legislation to protect the right to organize, expand collective bargaining rights, and balance the power between corporations and working people; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Maine AFL-CIO supports the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and other federal legislation to protect public employee collective bargaining.