Letter to the Senate supporting the Employee Free Choice Act
June 15, 2007
On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge your support for the Employee Free Choice Act, scheduled for floor consideration next week. Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress.
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.
We urge your support for this important legislation.
Reg Weaver, President
National Education Association