“American, Delta, and United made a combined $7.4 billion last year. Meanwhile, the majority of airline catering workers still earn less than $15 an hour. As a former union member myself, I stand with airline food workers fighting for fair wages and a union!” Ilhan Omar (tweet from May 28th).
Ilhan Omar is fighting for working families by sponsoring legislation like Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), introduced earlier this month. It would push back on a series of Republican-backed laws that have cropped up in more than two dozen states in the past decade.
These so-called right-to-work laws let unionized workers skip out on paying union dues if they don’t want to. Normally, every worker chips in for the cost of negotiating a labor contract, because everyone in the bargaining unit benefits from it.
The new bill would also allow workers to sue employers who illegally interfere with unionizing efforts, instead of forcing them to take all their complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency that enforces collective bargaining laws. The new bill would also let the board hit employers with fines if they break the law. Right now there’s currently no financial penalty for employers who illegally fire workers who are trying to unionize, for example.
If passed, it would mark the biggest change to US labor laws since Congress gave American workers the right to unionize back in 1935*
Thanks, Congressperson for having our backs!
*Full Article here