The current system for forming unions and bargaining is broken. Every day, corporations deny workers the freedom to decide for themselves whether to form unions to bargain for a better life. They routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.
The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), supported by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, would level the playing field for workers and employers and help rebuild America’s middle class. It would restore workers’ freedom to choose a union by:
* Establishing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.
* Providing mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.
* Allowing employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.
The two best places to learn more about the Employee Free Choice Act are this page on the AFL-CIO website and this from American Rights at Work. Do a little exploring as there are many valuable resources one each site.
Debate featuring Stewart Acuff
Stewart Acuff speech
Senator Bernie Sanders on Employee Free Choice Act
Other Resources on the Employee Free Choice Act and Workers Rights