WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) helped introduce the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen protections for workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As Nevada workers experience inflation and a rising cost of living, this legislation would empower them to stand together and organize to obtain their fair share of economic growth.
“As a former member of the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada, I know firsthand just how important unions are to lift up working families,” said Senator Rosen. “At a time when many hardworking Nevadans are seeing the cost of living outpace the wages they earn, we need to protect their right to organize and to bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions without fear of intimidation.”
“Rebuilding our middle class requires giving workers the power to make change. The PRO Act will do exactly that by ensuring that workers can unionize and advocate for the benefits and wages that they deserve,” said Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “Senator Rosen has been a constant pro-labor leader. She knows that by making the right to unionize a guarantee, Nevada’s working families can create better futures for themselves. We thank Senator Rosen for supporting the PRO Act and protecting Nevada’s workers in the Senate.”
“As the largest union in Nevada, the Culinary Union applauds the reintroduction of the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2023,” said Ted Pappageorge, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “The PRO Act would protect workers who organize, give working people a real say in their future, and protect democracy in the workplace. Culinary Union applauds Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen for working to strengthen workers’ rights and the process to unionize. We are especially proud to have a former Culinary Union member, Senator Jacky Rosen, advocating for workers every day in Congress.”
As a former union member, Senator Rosen has been a strong advocate for Nevada’s workers. Last year, she invited Marc Ellis, President of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 9413 in Northern Nevada, as her State of the Union virtual guest to highlight the good-paying jobs being created for broadband deployment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Senator Rosen also held a roundtable with Nevada AFL-CIO to discuss the importance of passing the PRO Act.