For 130 years the Catholic Church has taught that workers have the right to organize in unions to defend their rights. And Pope Benedict XVI, in his social encyclical Caritas in Veritate, observed that “The repeated calls issued within the Church's social doctrine, beginning with Rerum Novarum, for the promotion of workers' associations that can defend their rights must be honoured today even more than in the past .” Unfortunately, that is not the case in the United States. Too many workers are disciplined or fired when they try to organize in unions; too many gig workers at employers like Uber and Lyft have been classified as "independent contractors" without a legal right to join a union. As a result, union membership has declined from 1 in 3 private sector workers in the 1950s to 1 in 16 today, and real wages for workers have stagnated for nearly 50 years.
The Protecting the Right to Organize or PRO Act (HR 842) would address these injustices, adding real penalties when employers retaliate against workers who exercise their rights, and would give gig workers the right to form unions and bargain collectively. The PRO Act will once again make the right to organize real in the United States, answering the call of Amos (5:24) to "Let justice surge like waters, and righteousness like an unfailing stream."
Please tell your congressional representatives to support passage of the PRO Act!