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From the Field: the Grassroots Fight for Employee Free Choice

02.24.09

From the Field: the Grassroots Fight for Employee Free Choice

by Seth Michaels, Feb 19, 2009

http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/02/19/from-the-field-the-grassroots-fight-for-employee-free-choice/

This week at the Virginia AFL-CIO’s annual legislative conference, attendees wrote letters to their members of Congress in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. In Colorado, 55 religious leaders representing a wide array of faiths, cities and backgrounds sent a letter in support of the Employee Free Choice Act to Colorado’s U.S. House and Senate delegation. They asked for elected leaders to support workers’ freedom to bargain for a better life. In Raleigh, N.C., workers spoke out at a rally about the need for the Employee Free Choice Act.

You can read about grassroots actions like these at the new national Employee Free Choice Act Blog, where you can hear from workers and local union leaders, find out about events in their area and get the facts about what lawmakers representing your state are saying about the Employee Free Choice Act.

State federations in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin have set up blogs to follow the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act, and more states will set up blogs soon. These blogs also will be updated regularly with photos and videos highlighting local efforts in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

The biggest challenge to passing the Employee Free Choice Act is overcoming the national corporate disinformation campaign—and the best weapon is people power. Union members and activists working at the local level will be vital in creating the impetus needed to restore the freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life, and these state blogs are a great resource to find out more about this campaign.

The Employee Free Choice Act earned the support of bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress in 2007 but was blocked by a filibuster in the Senate. This year, with more pro-worker senators and a supportive White House, the freedom to form unions and bargain is closer than ever to realization—but it will require a broad national campaign to fight corporate lies, promote workers and hold elected leaders accountable. Check out the new Employee Free Choice Act blogs to find out more.

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