Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will co-sponsor the Senate version of House Democrats’ PRO Act, which would negate state right-to-work laws and force some workers to pay economy dues in order to keep their jobs.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to move this bill through a legislative process,” Manchin said on Monday, Politico’s Corbin Hiar reported.
PRO ACT WOULD REQUIRE WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS, FACES OPPOSITION FROM 14 STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL
Manchin was speaking at a National Press Club event with United Mine Workers of America head Cecil E. Roberts Jr.
us-regions passed right-to-work legislation in 2016, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Roughly 10% of West Virginia workers are union members, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., adjusts his face mask as he arrives for votes on Biden administration nominees, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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“If you really want to correct inequality in this country – wages and wealth inequality, opportunity and inequality of power – passing the PRO Act is absolutely essential to doing that,” Trumka said.
Meanwhile, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is leading a coalition of state attorneys general in opposition to the bill.
“Our nation has always been one of opportunity that rewards individual choice, ingenuity, and initiative,” Wilson said in a letter. “Our laws have long preserved the ability of employees to speak for themselves, to make informed decisions, and to work without being forced to pay fees to third parties.”
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.