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March 2021

NPMHU SEES GAINS FOR THE POSTAL WORKFORCE AND UNIONS IN 117TH CONGRESS

Less than three months into the new congressional session, the NPMHU has already seen positive moves forward on legislation benefiting the postal workforce, as well as the entire labor movement. When President Biden was sworn into office on January 20, 2021, he promised that one of his first actions would be to help push through the next COVID-19 relief package. On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 117-2) was signed into law.

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PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE ACT

On top of this legislative victory for NPMHU members, the labor movement also saw considerable gains when the House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 842. A strong national economy often coincides with strong union membership, as the workforce takes control of bargaining over pay, benefits, and workplace safety. Upon the passage of the bill, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee Bobby Scott (D-VA) commented, “The Protecting the Right to Organize Act makes the most significant upgrades to the [National Labor Relations Act] in 85 years by providing new tools to protect workers from intimidation and retaliation, introducing meaningful penalties for companies that violate workers’ rights, and allowing workers to hold free, fair, and safe union elections.”

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