BANGOR — Activists rallied at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building early Thursday to urge Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King to support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, also known as the PRO Act.
People at the rally said this would strengthen workers’ freedom and provide better protection.
Public data shows that about half of workers would form a union today if they could.
Andy O’Brien, director of Maine AFL-CIO, said he is in favor of the PRO Act.
“The PRO Act is essential to guarantee workers the basic freedom to organize in the workplace that will strengthen workers freedom to form unions and penalize employers who routinely break the law,” he said.
In a statement, Sen. Susan Collins said she is respectfully not in favor of the act.
“The PRO Act contains many provisions that would harm both employees and employers, such as eliminating workers’ right to a secret ballot when deciding whether to form a union and allowing workers’ personal information to be turned over without their consent,” she said.