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Pennsylvania Steelworkers Deliver 1,000 Letters for Employee Free Choice

02.24.09

Members of United Steelworkers Local 2599 in Allentown, Pa., delivered more than 1,000 letters to Sen. Arlen Specter (R) http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/-7a31_F1YcDD/ ## who in 2007 voted to break a Republican filibuster against the Employee Free Choice Act## urging him to back the bill this year. The special delivery is part of a nationwide grassroots mobilization. Read more grassroots news on the new Employee Free Choice Act blog
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/J1a31_F1YcDZ/ .
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Pennsylvania Steelworkers Deliver 1,000 Letters for Employee Free Choice

by Seth Michaels, Feb 23, 2009

Last week in Allentown, Pa., members of Steelworkers (USW) Local 2599 paid a visit to Sen. Arlen Specter’s office to deliver more than 1,000 letters from USW members around the state, asking Specter to support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Jerry Green, president of Local 2599, led a group of USW members to Specter’s office in Allentown to present the letters in support of what Green called “a very important bill” to protect workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain. (Watch video.)

Wendy Davis of Allentown-area WFMZ-TV says Specter “could play a crucial role” in passing the Employee Free Choice Act, noting that in June 2007 he voted in favor of breaking a Republican filibuster against the Employee Free Choice Act.

The filibuster succeeded that time in blocking a Senate vote on the bill, but now with a larger pro-worker majority in the Senate, the Employee Free Choice Act has a far better chance of coming to a vote and being enacted into law, and Specter’s continued support will be critical.

That means he’ll keep hearing from constituents, like the hard-working men and women of Local 2599, who support workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: You should go to the first link at top of article to connect to the video clip at the original site. USW Local 2599 President Jerry Green along with his union brothers and sisters at that local have been working really hard on the Employee Free Choice Act for years. They deserve greater public recognition for their hard work.

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