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Organized labor in the United States is currently pushing Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Unions are adamant that Joe Biden’s presidency and the Democratic Party’s slim majority in Congress present a rare opportunity to pass labor law reform now, not later.

This is a familiar dynamic in recent history. When the Democratic Party wins the White House and control of Congress, unions push for labor law reform. And every time, the push fails. The most recent example came in Barack Obama’s presidency: in the 2008 campaign, unions backed Obama, and he promised to push for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would have made unionizing easier for tens of millions of currently unorganized workers. Once in the White House, Obama, like so many Democrats before him, quietly dropped his promise to working-class people. EFCA never became law.

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