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Where Do the 2004 Presidential Candidates Stand on Workers' Rights?

bush_kerry_040301_nh_091404_130435.jpg We examined the positions of 2004 Presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry.  Check out our table of where they stand on workers' rights.

 George W. Bush

 John Kerry

  • Does not support the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill which would enable workers to more fairly and rapidly indicate whether they want a union and provides increased penalties for violations of workers’ rights.
  • Destroyed the bargaining rights of more than 230,000 federal workers in the Homeland Security Department, Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies.
  • Under a developing Bush-Rumsfeld plan, 700,000 employees of the Department of Defense may lose their rights to collective bargaining.
  • The Bush-appointed NLRB members are seeking to make the card-check process more difficult in their current legal review of the procedure.
  • Proposed destroying postal workers’ bargaining rights.
  • Co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act, which would enable workers to more fairly and rapidly indicate whether they want a union and provides increased penalties for violations of workers’ rights. 
  • Supported collective bargaining and civil service protections for workers in the Homeland Security Department by voting against Bush’s proposal to take away their rights.
  • Supported a bill to extend collective bargaining rights to firefighters, police and other public safety officers in 18 states. 
  • Believes the card check and neutrality system is the fairest and most equitable way for employees to establish their desire to form a union.
  • Strongly supports bargaining rights for postal workers.