Employee Free Choice Act

July 16, 2009

In June of 2009, the Greene County Democratic Executive Committee voted to endorse the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R.800).

The purpose of this resolution is to amend the National Labor Relations Act to provide a more equitable system for employees to unite in negotiating for wages and benefits.  It also sets a reasonable time-table for those negotiations and provides for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts.

Historically, organized labor has joined with other progressives in advocating for human rights.  Together, Democrats and unions have stood for a wide variety of issues ranging for child-labor laws and woman’s suffrage to workplace safety and environmental issues.  Since the corporatists, under the Bush administration,   gained the upper hand at the National Labor Relations Board it has become increasingly difficult to get decisions favorable to workers in their struggle for representation.   The Employee Free Choice Act will help to level the playing field and allow employees much greater freedom to stand together in the work place.

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