“What is keeping” workers from unionizing, said Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, “are toothless labor laws, aggressive employer opposition to unions, and relentless political attacks that have dismantled workers’ right to organize.”
While the Pro Act is also expected to pass the Democratic-run House, the Republican-run Senate is another matter. Corporate contributors to congressional Republicans are expected to mount a large and expensive lobbying campaign against it, just as they spent millions of dollars a decade ago to stall the last labor law rewrite try, the Employee Free Choice Act.
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1892, 29 strike leaders were charged with treason – plotting, quote, "to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" unquote – for daring to strike the Carnegie Steel Company in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Jurors refused to convict them.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones, who on this date in 1899 organized the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pennsylvania to descend on the mine with brooms, mops and clanging pots and pans. They frightened away the mules and their scab drivers and the miners eventually won their strike.
Mother Jones, who said:
“No matter what the fight, don't be ladylike! God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.”
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