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Come support the Employee Free Choice Act, Wed., June 3 in Philadelphia

05.30.09

Dear Activist,

The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is actively working to prevent you and others from having your rights on the job by publicly opposing the Employee Free Choice Act.

Join us on June 3rd at 5 pm sharp at the corner of Broad and Walnut St. (the Bellevue Hotel) to tell the Chamber of Commerce board members and their Young Professionals Network to stop opposing this important reform.

The U.S Chamber of Commerce and Big Business allies have fought against:

The eight-hour workday for women

Child labor laws

The Family and Medical Leave Act

The Voting Rights Act

Raising Americans with Disability Act access standards

Overtime payments for millions of workers through reforms of the Fair Labor Standards Act

OSHA ergonomics regulations that would protect workers from occupational injuries

Increases in the minimum wage

Living wages

Now they’ve added the Employee Free Choice Act to the list.

“Our top priority is preventing the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.” - U.S. Chamber of Commerce website

Big Business and their Chambers of Commerce are demanding bailouts and tax breaks while laying off workers and paying big bonuses.

They’ve also launched an anti-worker propaganda campaign, funding front groups to spread lies about the Employee Free Choice Act, pretending to care about worker privacy. The Chamber earmarked $20 million in 2008 and 2009 alone to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act.

No surprise. These corporate interests oppose everything from the minimum wage to safety rules to family leave and unemployment compensation.

Suddenly corporations care about worker privacy. Yeah, Right.

It’s plain as day: workers are struggling in this country. Today’s workplaces are tilted in favor of lavishly-paid CEOs who get golden parachutes while working families struggle to get by. When workers attempt to improve their lives by associating with their co-workers to bargain collectively with their employers, they are often met by immoral, illegal and intentional resistance.

The Employee Free Choice Act, a bill now in Congress, will help to level the playing field for workers. The bill will give workers a fair and direct path to form unions through majority sign-up, help employees secure a contract with their employer in a reasonable period of time, and toughen penalties against employers who violate their workers’ rights.

With a free choice, working people can bargain for better pay, health care and pensions and build a better life themselves and their families.

Unionized workers have more job security, earn 30% more than their non-union counterparts, and are much more likely to have health benefits, short-term disability insurance, life insurance, and pensions. More than half of all U.S. workers, more than 60 million, say they would join a union if they could. But illegal threats and a broken legal process prevent workers from organizing and negotiating for better lives.

It’s simple. Corporations like the current rules, which let them get away with illegal firing and intimidation, to block worker justice and maintain their profits.

“A majority of my coworkers at the museum have signed up to join the union that we created, but we know that we probably can’t have one. The company has already used illegal intimidation to punish our supporters. The Employee Free Choice Act is the only thing that will give workers a fair chance at being able to exercise our rights on the job.” Thomas Robinson, AlliedBarton Security Guard.
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Eduardo Soriano-Castillo

Philadelphia Jobs With Justice

1315 Spruce St. Room 331

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Field Organizer

http://www.phillyjwj.blogspot.com

w 215-670-5857

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