Unions

I asked a friend if she thought people would join a union where she works. She said “I think everyone would be too scared.” But a recent survey found that 60% of all workers would choose to join a union if they could.
The Employee Free Choice Act is coming to the Congress one of these days. Keep that name in mind for when it comes up. This law would protect workers from being fired for talking about unions, and would allow workers to organize without the boss finding out using a method called “card check.” Once a majority of workers in a company or at a location sign up for a union, the union is recognized as the bargaining agent and laws protecting organized workers take effect.
The current methods of organizing a union, where the workers have a day when they all vote in a secret ballot,will also still be available. The Employee Free Choice Act, though, lets them choose to have card check instead. The problem with the current method is that it happens entirely on management’s terms, often delayed and delayed, and with the manager calling workers into the office one at a time to “explain” what will happen to the worker if a union comes in.
It would be nice if our economic system didn’t have the kind of outcomes that make unions so necessary. But they are.

Public Supports Issues In Employee Free Choice

A new poll released today shows that the public strongly supports the Employee Free Choice Act if it is explained honestly. This is the reason that corporate groups are spreading disinformation about the act.
As I wrote the other day, the Employee Free Choice Act does not “eliminate the secret ballot.” That is a lie that is used to trick people about this bill.
AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | Survey: Public Strongly Supports Employee Free Choice,

A new survey released today shows 78 percent of those polled want to see legislation that protects workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life—great news and a strong signal to Congress and President-elect Barack Obama that we need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
The survey of 1,007 adults across the country, conducted Dec. 4-10 for the AFL-CIO by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, shows a striking level of support for the provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act and the freedom to form unions. This support crosses party and state lines, with 74 percent of those who identify as moderate or liberal Republicans in favor; conservative Republicans were the only group not expressing majority support. Support remains steady, even when those surveyed heard messages from both supporters and opponents of the bill.
Here are some key findings:
* 75 percent of those surveyed support recognizing a union when a majority of workers have signed up in support.
* 64 percent support strengthening penalties against companies who illegally intimidate or fire workers who are trying to form a union.
* 61 percent favor binding arbitration if a company will not agree to a first contract. (This provision had the highest number of respondents who weren’t sure how they felt about it.)

There is more at the link.

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Employee Free Choice Act

The Employee Free Choice Act revises labor law to make it easier for working people to organize unions. Currently it is extremely difficult to start a union. Organizers are fired and workers are threatened and intimidated. The Employee Free choice Act changes some rules, so that workers themselves can make decisions about unionizing.
Something you should know about the Employee Free Choice Act: The main talking point from the corporations is that it “eliminates the secret ballot.” This is a flat-out lie and people need to know the facts. The Employee Free Choice Act allows workers to choose whether to a have secret-ballot vote or a “card check.” A card check is when a majority of the workers have signed cards saying that they want a union.
The Employee Free choice Act adds the ability to start a union using “card check.” It does not “eliminate the secret ballot.” Period.