Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives is set to vote on H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. This important legislation restores fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that protect workers' right to join a union. Yesterday, during the PRO Act’s press conference, the President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, called the Pro Act “2020’s most significant piece of legislation”.
Alvina Yeh, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO states, “When my parents escaped from Vietnam to the United States, my family was able to thrive because of my mom’s union job as a mail sorter at the U.S. Postal Office. The passage of the PRO Act would open opportunities for more families like my own to join a movement where working people are the drivers for fair wages, safe working conditions, and adequate benefits."
When over 80% of Asian American voters have values that align with the labor movement, but only 8% of Asian American and Pacific Islander working people actually belong in a union, it is clear that we need the PRO Act.
APALA supports the passage of the PRO Act and we urge you to call your representative.
- Dial 1-888-848-4824 to get connected to your representative then share why you support the PRO Act.
- Sample script: “Hello, my name is [insert name], and I am in [insert your representative's name] district. I am also calling as a [member or supporter] of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. As a worker, I urge you to vote YES today on H.R.2474. When more than half of America’s workers say they would join a union immediately if they could, but only 10% of Americans and 8% of Asian American and Pacific Islanders actually belong in one, it’s clear that our labor laws need a serious upgrade. Please vote YES on the PRO Act to restore fairness to the economy. Thank you”