Labor

Like many immigrant children in Chicago, I learned at a young age that unions are a powerful tool to help women, Latino and Black workers fight discrimination.  Both my parents were proud Teamsters and I was still a teenager when I joined the Retail Workers Union before becoming a Teamster and a member of the United Legal Workers Union.

I am a strong supporter of workers' rights and labor protections. I cosponsored the PRO Act, a bill to protect the basic right to form a union by ensuring workers are free to organize without employer interference. 

More on Labor

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Vice Chair of the Labor Caucus, issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 842 the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill that protects the basic right to form a union by ensuring workers are free to organize without employer interference:

January 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement regarding the return to in person education in Chicago:

August 14, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Today Reps. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and 107 Members of Congress sent a letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urging him to ensure Mexican state governments drop politically motivated charges against labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas. The letter also urges Mexico to ensure states comply with the labor rights guaranteed by the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”).

May 8, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today with Members of the Illinois Congressional delegation calling on the agency to fulfill its mission and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in meatpacking plants. In light of President Trump’s executive order to reopen meat and poultry processing plants in the midst of the global pandemic, the letter calls on the agency to enforce stronger protections for workers.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act in the U.S House of Representatives. This bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage over the next six years to $15 an hour. Increasing the wages of nearly 180,000 workers in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District.