Monday, March 05, 2007

The Employee Free Choice Act

It’s Time to Restore Workers’ Freedom to Form Unions

America’s working people are struggling to make ends meet these days and our middle class is disappearing. The best opportunity working people have to get ahead economically is by uniting to bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits.

But the current system for forming unions and bargaining is broken. Every day, corporations deny workers the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions to bargain for a better life. They routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.

Employee Free Choice Act - Boston
A Press conference was held on Friday February 23, 2007 at the Teamsters Local 25 home in Charlestown MA. Speaking in support of the Employee Free Choice Act were Rich Rogers (Boston CLC), Sean O'Brien (Teamsters 25) Bill Gardner (FedEx Driver) Myles Calvey (IBEW 2222), Bob Haynes (MA. AFL/CIO), Congressman Stephen Lynch, Congressman Ed Markey

The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would level the playing field for workers and employers and help rebuild America’s middle class. It would restore workers’ freedom to choose a union by:

Establishing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.
Providing mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.
Allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.

Read the text of the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800).
Download a summary of the bill (PDF).



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