Posts Tagged ‘Employee Free Choice Act’

Is your boss going undercover?

In light of the new CBS show, “Undercover Boss,” American Rights at Work is launching a new grassroots campaign and website, to expose what really goes on in America’s workplaces, and to call on Congress to fix our jobs through meaningful labor law reform.

» Check out our new campaign
» Watch the video & sign the petition
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Giving the Chamber of Commerce a Piece of Our Mind

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent tens of millions of dollars to block labor law reform and spread lies about unions. They’ve also stood in the way of climate change legislation and health insurance reform. But now the Chamber is feeling the pressure. Across the country and online, people are standing up to say the U.S. Chamber doesn’t speak for them.

  • Labor, environmental, and small-business advocates protested in San Francisco at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s conference, joining similar protests in Philadelphia and Chicago.

As the Chamber is discredited, lawmakers are feeling the pressure to stand with workers, not the Chamber, and pass the Employee Free Choice Act.


Taking the Fight to the Chamber of Commerce

What do small business owners, unions, and progressive leaders have in common? An agenda for justice that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending lots of money to derail!

So at the Chamber’s conference in Philadelphia, over 100 local business owners and citizens from a wide range of groups (Health Care for America Now PA, Greenpeace, MoveOn, SEIU, Sierra Club, UFCW Local 1776, Change to Win, IBT, USW, Clean Energy Works, and more) turned out to make sure the business leaders attending the conference heard from them.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a major force against the Employee Free Choice Act, but more and more responsible businesses are standing up and saying the Chamber doesn’t stand for them.  Do you agree?

» Take our “Not My Chamber” pledge!


Voices Lifted in Support of the Employee Free Choice Act

Last week, we brought 300 people who support the Employee Free Choice Act – including small business owners, farmers, clergy, and civil rights leaders – to Washington DC. And we backed them up with events in dozens of cities across the country and thousands of phone calls from online activists. Our friends at Sum of Change captured some of the day’s inspiring moments on film – check out this remarkable video:

Here are a few more highlights from Lobby Day participants-in their own words: Read more »


Employee Free Choice Act Coalition Supporters Swarm Capitol Hill

Yesterday’s exciting Employee Free Choice Act Coalition Lobby Day reinforced the crucial role our progressive partners are playing as we work to pass meaningful labor law reform this year. More than 300 small business owners, veterans, farmers, students, faith leaders, civil rights activists, women’s advocates, and environmentalists took to Capitol Hill to tell more than 100 of their Congressional leaders why the Employee Free Choice Act is important to them.

The delegates came from 101 cities in 15 states, and represented more than two dozen organizations.  More than 80 organizations supported the day of action with calls, emails, press releases, and their continued backing of workers, their unions, and the need for labor law reform.

Congressional staff members have heard from labor and business about the Employee Free Choice Act, but they were genuinely surprised to find large groups of constituents from non-labor organizations knocking on their door to remind them why this bill is vital to our economy and to our values as a nation. Our citizen lobbyists pressed them to continue making the Employee Free Choice Act a priority, echoing what they heard from new HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin in the morning.

In all the excitement – and thankfully, lack of rain – we were reminded why so many people from so many walks of life are coming together to lend their voice to this cause. The participants spoke passionately about the role of the Employee Free Choice Act in bringing economic justice to our country and why they were coming to talk about the need for labor law reform.

» See more pictures of the lobby day.

» Watch a video of the lobby day by Sum of Change.


Allies from Around the Country on Capitol Hill for the Employee Free Choice Act

More than 300 activists from 15 states are on Capitol Hill today to tell their elected leaders that workers need and deserve meaningful labor law reform. The diverse group of small business owners, veterans, farmers, students, faith leaders, civil rights activists, women’s advocates, and environmentalists are uniting in one voice to remind lawmakers why the Employee Free Choice Act is vital to rebuilding our economy. Read more »


Whole Foods CEO Working Against Employee Free Choice Act and Health Care Reform

Opposing Obama on health care reform. Working to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act. Telling workers to “expand into love ” rather than join a union. It’s all in a day’s work for Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.

You can read more about Whole Foods and its CEO John Mackey in The American Prospect and Mother Jones.

Then, take action at


Employee Free Choice Act Coalition Lobby Day

What do 300 farmers, ranchers, small business owners, veterans, students, faith leaders, civil rights leaders, women’s advocates, environmentalists and others have in common? They all support the Employee Free Choice Act and are flying in from 15 states on September 10 to deliver that message to their Senators and Representatives. Like us, they all want the economy to work for everyone — and that will only happen when workers can freely choose to join a union without fear of intimidation or harassment.

State delegations are organizing send-off events in their home towns and the fly-in lobby day will be accompanied by a call-in day from those unable to make it to Washington, DC. Everyone is invited to attend the kick-off event the morning of September 10; details to follow!

For more information, email Manny Herrmann, Online Strategies Director.


Unions, Business, and Economic Growth

In the heat of the summer months, American Rights at Work and our allies are keeping the Employee Free Choice Act in the minds of members of Congress.  We’ve produced two new fact sheets on the ways unions help build healthy economies and a skilled workforce:

Unions and Other Community Groups Benefit Local Economic Development

  • Unions are partnering with businesses in their communities to prevent job losses and preserve manufacturing jobs in this tough economy.
  • Investing in worker pension funds, unions are financing private ventures to enhance Gulf Coast revitalization and rebuild area communities.

Unions on the Cutting Edge: A Workforce Trained for the 21st Century

  • Working with hospitals, unions are training healthcare workers so patients receive the best care possible.
  • Apprenticeship programs provided by unions are enhancing the skills of workers in the construction and building trades, increasing the pool of qualified employees for this important sector of the U.S. economy.

Without a doubt, unions are helping workers weather the current economic storm. The Employee Free Choice Act will make it possible for more workers to join together for a voice in the workplace, paving the path for long-term, sustainable economic growth.


Mourning the Loss of a Champion for Working Families

“We have all been touched by Senator Edward Kennedy and his leadership on behalf of working families for over 47 years. He doggedly fought to improve health care, raise the minimum wage, and protect workers’ rights, most recently through his sponsorship of the Employee Free Choice Act. I will remember him personally as a wonderful, caring colleague. His willingness to think beyond himself, and champion issues of social and economic justice, will be remembered by all.”

David Bonior, Chair, American Rights at Work