The House on Thursday approved legislation aimed to protect workers’ rights to unionize.
The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) was approved in a 224-193 vote. The bill, said to be one of the most comprehensive labor packages put forth in years, is not expected to move in the Republican Senate.
Republicans Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Smith (N.J.), John Katko (N.Y.), Don Young (Alaska), and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), a former Democrat who switched parties last month, voted for the bill.
The bill would make it easier for workers to certify unions, change how employers classify workers, prevent workers from being denied rights because of immigration status, eliminate state right-to-work laws and block laws that protect employees from not paying union dues, among other measures.