Press Release

Following White House Statement on Amazon, AFL-CIO Urges Passage of PRO Act

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka following President Biden’s video statement on the right to organize:

President Biden is right: Every worker should have the free and fair choice to join a union. 

The burdens of this pandemic have fallen squarely on the shoulders of America’s workers, who are toiling through unprecedented challenges just to keep food on the table. Now more than ever, we need our voices heard on the job.

Yet, Amazon and employers across the country have continued resorting to coercive threats to keep working people quiet. When managers bully us out of exercising our most basic freedoms, they deny us our best shot at winning the fundamental dignity, security and respect that we’re owed. It's time to put an end to it. 

President Biden campaigned on a promise to be a friend to the labor movement. He has proven he’s willing to speak out and stand with us. Now it’s time to follow words with action. In order to convert the spirit of the president’s message into the letter of the law, we must pass the PRO Act.

Contact: John Weber (202) 637-5018