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Letter to Representative Miller supporting the Employee Free Choice Act

February 06, 2007

Dear Chairman Miller:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, I would like to express strong support for the Employee Free Choice Act. I thank you for your leadership on this issue — a testament to your unwavering support for our nation's workers and your longstanding commitment to the labor movement. 

As you know, 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. 

I thank you for fighting for this important legislation and look forward to continuing to work with you in support of America's working families.

Sincerely,

Reg Weaver, President
National Education Association