Currently in the United States there are 57 million
workers who would join a union tomorrow if they could. This number makes up
more then HALF of the entire non-unionized work force in the country! So this
begs the question: if so many people want to form a union – then what’s
(Taken from afl-cio.org)
…“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”.
In the year 2004 alone, 20,000
workers were fired or discriminated against for union activites.
It’s time to fight back! The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041) is legislation currently in congress.
It recently passed the house and is currently awaiting a vote in the senate. Should the bill pass the senate and be signed
into law, it would (taken from afl-cio.org):
- 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.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please read the PDF file linked below for
information about what you can personally do to help in the fight to restore workers’
rights to form a union.
EFCA Smith Script.pdf