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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act Will Strengthen Workers’ Voices to Improve Communities

Alliance for Justice has joined with hundreds of organizations to support the Employee Free Choice Act, introduced in Congress today.

“Union members have been a key voice for all Americans on issues like affordable health care, public education, green jobs, and equal opportunity,” said AFJ President Nan Aron. “Restoring the freedom to choose a union is a key to getting America back on track."

The Employee Free Choice Act was introduced after a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on this critical legislation. The hearing, " Rebuilding Economic Security: Empowering Workers to Restore the Middle Class," featured workers from across the country , as well as labor and economic experts who explained the importance of unions to the middle class and the need for the freedom to form unions and successfully bargain contracts. Votes on the legislation are expected after the congressional recess in April.

After the hearing Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative George Miller (D-California) spoke at a packed press conference. Sen. Harkin said that strengthening the working class and making it easier for workers to form unions is what helped us out of the Depression. He also noted that in these tumultuous economic times we need to give workers the right to choose how to form a union and the ability to negotiate contracts in good faith. Representative Miller said he is hopeful the Employee Free Choice Act will be the key to making our economy work for everyone again.

Find out more about the Employee Free Choice Act at the American Rights at Work Web Site.

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