Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What American Workers NEED


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
coerce and even
fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.

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.