From the campaign of Marsha Williams, Democratic candidate for Congress IL-16:
Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021
On 2/4/2021, the House introduced the PRO Act regarding expanding workers’ rights. The pandemic has made it clear that most employers are failing their workers by not allowing them to negotiate better pay and safer working conditions. This worsening income inequality has the deepest impact on single-income households, women, and people of color, who often have jobs with lower wages and little to no wages.
We live in a free market, and with that said, we should be free to negotiate better wages, safer working conditions, and benefits. If an individual or a group of individuals wish to organize a labor union to achieve that, no law should prevent them from doing so. The working class is the backbone of America and keeps our country moving. No one should have to work more than one full-time job to support themselves and their families.
However, I do not support a requirement for freelance workers, small business owners, gig workers, and independent contractors to be forced from a 1099 worker to a W-2 employee. This will further hurt women, people of color, and individuals over the age of 55.
I would encourage legislators to remove the ABC test from this bill and allow for 1099 workers to work how they chose to work.
Ms. Williams’ statement was issued on March 2.