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Public Overwhelmingly Supports Employee Free Choice Act


Public Overwhelmingly Supports Employee Free Choice Act

by Tula Connell, Aug 21, 2008

A new nationwide poll demonstrates again the popular support behind workers’ freedom to form unions—and, specifically, the strong support for the Employee Free Choice Act, which last year passed the House but failed to come to a vote in the Senate.

The new Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI) poll is bad news for representatives in Congress who voted against the Employee Free Choice Act: 68 percent of middle-class adults would have liked their representative in the U.S. House to vote for the bill. That includes 80 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Independents polled.

At the worker advocacy organization American Rights at Work, executive director Mary Beth Maxwell puts the poll in perspective:

This new poll reinforces that a clear majority of Americans—be they Democrats, Independents, or Republicans—want policies like the Employee Free Choice Act that will help working families struggling in this economy. Momentum for the Employee Free Choice Act is real, and while anti-union corporations and their front groups are spending millions to mislead the public, Americans aren’t buying it.

American Rights at Work also points out another finding in the DMI survey:

60 percent of those who say they are likely to vote for John McCain for president favor legislation making it easier for employees to join unions even though Sen. McCain voted for the filibuster that killed this bill.

McCain is strongly opposed to workers’ freedom to form unions. Sen. Barack Obama strongly backs the Employee Free Choice Act and has said, as president, he will sign it into law when passed.

Couldn’t get any clearer.

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