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Employee Free Choice Act
Updated On: May 07, 2009

The employee free choice act was introduced on the House and Senate floors this week in Washington, DC. This is the most important piece of legislation for the labor movement to be put on the floor in a very long time. Why does America need the employee free choice act?

More than ever, working people today need a way to get ahead. Working families are struggling to make ends meet. Wages are dropping, health care costs are rising, pensions are disappearing, and we are in danger of losing our middle class. For the first time in generations, people are very worried that their children will be worse off than they are.

Unions are the single best tool to create an economy that works for all. Workers who belong to unions earn 28 % more than nonunion workers. They are 52 % more likely to have employer-provided health care coverage and nearly three times more likely to have defined benefits pensions. Sixty million people who don’t have unions say they would join one tomorrow, but too few will ever get the chance in our corporate dominated system. Companies routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire people who try to form unions and current labor law is helpless to stop them. Even when workers win their union elections, many companies delay bargaining any way they can. 44 percent of workers who form a new union never reach a first contract.

The employee free choice act is the change we need. This act would put the choice of whether to form a union back in the workers hands by giving them the option of using majority sigh up, an alternative to the current company dominated system. The employee free choice act guarantees that companies can’t drag their feet on a first contract, it provides for mediation or binding arbitration when it’s needed. This act levels the playing field by putting real penalties on companies that violate the law during organizing and contract campaigns.

Now is the time for all working people in America to let our representatives know where we stand on this issue. We need to send letters and emails to these people and let them know it is time to do the right thing for working families. Call your Senators today toll free at 1-866-207-2060 urge them to co-sponsor and support the employee free choice act.


Michael Waldrop
Business Agent

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Teamsters Local 61
45 Sardis Road
Asheville, NC 28806

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