Maloney, Delgado tout House bill to bolster unions

Hudson Valley Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Antonio Delgado touted their support for a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would strengthen union protections for workers and allow government fines against employers who violate labor laws.

The vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, split along party lines with most Democrats in favor and most Republicans against it. Among other things, the proposal would allow workers to file class-action lawsuits and enable the National Labor Relations Board to impose fines of up to $50,000 per violation against employers.

“Our labor unions protect the rights of Hudson Valley workers and help set a higher standard of living for working families across our state,” Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat representing New York’s 18th Congressional District, said in a statement. “As powerful special interests continue to attack our unions, Congress needs to draw a clear line in the sand and stand up for hard-working families. I’m proud to support the PRO Act, which will protect our unions, give New Yorkers the freedom to negotiate a better working environment, and strengthen our local economy.”

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