A House committee yesterday approved legislation that would enhance workers’ ability to organize on the job so they can advocate for better wages and working conditions while hindering the ability of their employers to misclassify them like what has been done at XPO Logistics and myriad other companies nationwide.

In approving the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the House Education and Labor Committee agreed to restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families. The bill would beef up the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) so that workers seeking to organize a union and negotiate higher wages and better benefits will be protected.

“Labor unions have long fueled our nation’s prosperity, protected the health and safety of American workers and protected the middle class,” Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said. “In passing the PRO Act, we can take a historic step in improving the lives of workers and their families.”

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, in a letter sent to House members Wednesday, told lawmakers that the measure is necessary to give workers a voice in the workplace. He added that companies like XPO have taken advantage of existing rules in an effort to cut costs while leaving those who toil on their behalf struggling to earn a living.