LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), met with members of the Nevada AFL-CIO to discuss critical issues facing Nevada’s labor community and her efforts to support Nevada workers through legislation like the PRO Act.
“Nevada’s workforce is at the heart of our state’s economy, an economy that was built by and runs because of union workers,” said Senator Rosen. “Today, I was glad to meet with members of the Nevada AFL-CIO. I will always work to support our state’s labor community, and fight for a safe workplace, higher wages, paid family leave, the right to organize, and equal pay for equal work, and to ensure that all workers are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”
“The PRO Act isn’t just any bill—it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity for more than 60 million workers who want to join a union but haven’t been able to,” said Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “We are so grateful that BOTH of our Senators support the PRO Act and know the value of unions in our state. They recognize that workers who are represented by unions earn higher pay, have safer workplaces, and are more likely to have quality health care and retirement plans. Thank you to Senator Rosen for supporting this bill and protecting working Nevadans in the Senate.”
BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen a co-sponsor of:
- The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen federal protections for workers’ right to organize and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.
- The Butch Lewis Act, which was signed into law as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to address looming funding shortfalls in struggling multi-employer pension plans.
- The Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour by 2025, and index the minimum wage to median wage growth beginning in 2026. Additionally, this bill would ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out lower hourly wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.
- The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and close loopholes to hold employers accountable for discriminatory practices, end the practice of pay secrecy, ease workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthen available remedies for wronged employees.