Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, allowing labor unions to organize. In a time when unions are under attack, this bill is the most comprehensive labor legislation put forth in years. Unfortunately, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) voted against this bill.
Zeldin’s district includes Stony Brook University, the largest employer in New York’s 1st Congressional District, and an institution with a strong labor presence. As a United University Professions officer, I am angry that my representative seeks to limit my rights to organize, hurting the working class.
I urge all union members and their families to make their displeasure known, through phone calls to his office, speaking with him at mobile office hours and at the ballot box.
Editor’s note: The writer founded Suffolk County Progressives (an Indivisible group).