10 Key Facts You Need to Know about the Employee Free Choice Act
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AFTRA members are taking action now to join the Million-Member Mobilization for theEmployee Free Choice Act. America’s working people are struggling to make ends meet these days and our middle class is disappearing. The best opportunity working people have to get ahead economically is by uniting to bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits. Recent research has shown that some 60 million U.S. workers would join a union if they could.
But 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. And there's nothing stopping them.
Except you. With your help all workers can have the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions and bargain for a better life. Join us today!
Click here to sign the petition and join the Million-Member Mobilization for the Employee Free Choice Act.
What is the Employee Free Choice Act?
The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041) is critical bipartisan legislation that would help protect the rights of America’s workers to organize and form unions. The law would give more workers a way to form unions and negotiate for better wages, health care, and working conditions. It would:
• Establish stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations. • Provide mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes. • Allow employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.
Why do we need it?
A robust middle class. Economic growth and shared prosperity. The American Dream. None are possible without good union jobs that protect workers.
Today’s workplaces are tilted in favor of lavishly-paid CEOs, who get golden parachutes while hardworking families struggle to get by. As more and more media companies and conglomerates choose to consolidate into fewer and fewer global corporations, AFTRA members must fight harder than ever to protect our right to choose to work union. We all need a fair shake and a chance to get ahead – but employers intimidate, harass, and even fire workers who try to form a union.
The Employee Free Choice Act can restore the balance, giving more workers a chance to form unions and get better health care, job security, and benefits – and an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
What are we doing about it?
AFTRA members are teaming up with hundreds of groups and unions to launch a massive campaign to show the new President and Congress that there are one million people who want to give hardworking families a chance to get ahead by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.
One million people demanding a fair deal for workers. It’s a powerful grassroots call for change.
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America's workers are putting in more hours than ever and still struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile, corporate CEOs enjoy salaries 180 times higher than their average employees.
So how do we level the playing field and get our economy back on track? Rebuilding the middle class through good union jobs is the place to start. The Employee Free Choice Act can help restore the American Dream by making it easier for workers to form unions.
Support this bill and help us reach one million signatures!
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