NEA on Workers' Rights to Organize: Pass the Employee Free Choice Act
NEA supports the Employee Free Choice Act, which protects workers' rights to organize and join a union without harassment or retaliation from employers.
America's labor unions have led the fight for working families, winning protections such as the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week, overtime rights, and access to health care and retirement security.
Today, the fight continues both to retain these vital rights and to ensure a fair minimum wage, and a safe and healthy workplace.
Unfortunately, anti-union forces continue to thwart workers' rights to organize by using strong-arm tactics such as threats and intimidation.
Every year, over 20,000 workers are illegally fired or discriminated against for exercising their labor rights. In at least one quarter of all organizing efforts, an employer illegally fires a worker for supporting the union.
The Employee Free Choice Act recognizes that our nation's workers deserve better. By protecting the right of workers to choose a union, the Employee Free Choice Act would help level the playing field for employees and would help ensure every worker the ability to succeed in today's economy.