Contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressman
tell them to support
Employee Free Choice Act
Senate: S. 1925 U.S. House: H.R. 3619
This act was introduced by U.S. Senator
Edward Kennedy and is highly important to labor.
This act provides for stronger penalties
against employers that interfere with employees
as they attempt to organize. This act also
provides for certification of a union as the
bargaining representative if the NLRB finds that
a majority of employees in an appropriate unit
has signed authorizations designating the union
as its bargaining representative. Furthermore,
provides that if and employer and a union are
engaged in bargaining for their first contract
and are unable to reach agreement within 90
days, either party may refer the dispute to the
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for
mediation. If the FMCS has been unable to bring
the parties to agreement after 30 days of
mediation the dispute will be referred to
arbitration and the results of the arbitration
shall be binding on the parties for two years.
Dear Working Families e-Activist:
Your voice on overtime pay and other issues could be cut off if
proposed rules become law. To help stifle criticism of President
George W. Bush's policies during an election year, the
Republican National Committee is pressing the Federal Election
Commission (FEC) to issue new rules that would shut down unions
and other groups that dare to communicate with the public in any
way critical of President Bush. Act now by clicking on the link
below or keep reading for more information.
The FEC now is proposing to redefine and broaden the scope of
political organization definitions. For example, any union, group, corporation, advocacy group, charity or nonfederal "527"
political organization that spends money on issue advocacy and
nonpartisan voter outreach and says anything that might lead the FEC to conclude that the purpose is to influence the
could fall under these new regulations.
This is an outrageous assault on your free speech because
these new rules, the AFL-CIO and our unions would have to stop
our campaign work on overtime pay, good jobs, health care and other issues. What happens if Bush finalizes the overtime
take-away? We all need to be able to talk about the issues most
important to our families wherever and whenever we can.
The FEC is accepting written comments about these
before the close of business this Friday, April 9. Please take
one minute right now to submit your comment by clicking on the
After you act, please ask your friends, family and
get involved by clicking on the link below.