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American Rights at Work Hails Introduction of Employee Free Choice Act

  Encourages Lawmakers to Swiftly Pass Legislation Benefiting America’s Workers

March 10, 2009

Josh Goldstein
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WASHINGTON, DC— Acting on the growing momentum for economic policies that will bring real change to America, today Representative George Miller (D-CA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation giving workers a fair and direct path to form unions. American Rights at Work Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell and Chair David Bonior both called on Congress to swiftly pass the bill and released the following statements:

Mary Beth Maxwell: “In today’s uncertain times, the Employee Free Choice Act will restore America’s promise to its workers – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve a voice in the workplace. It will level the playing field by letting workers, not their bosses, choose the process with which they form a union. The bill will toughen penalties on employers who violate the law and help workers secure a contract in a timely manner. The legislation has support from the White House, a majority in both houses of Congress, and the American public. As lawmakers work to rebuild our economy, it’s time to make the Employee Free Choice Act the law of the land.”

David Bonior: “Workers are struggling to make ends meet in this tough economy. The Employee Free Choice Act will dismantle the barriers preventing workers from joining unions, so they can bargain for better wages, benefits, and job security. History has shown that when workers have a voice in their workplaces, the middle class is strengthened and our nation prospers. The Employee Free Choice Act will give workers that voice and make the economy work for everyone again."

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American Rights at Work is a labor advocacy and policy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to form unions and bargain collectively.