A robust middle class. Economic growth and shared prosperity. The American Dream. None are possible unless workers have the free choice to bargain for a better life-in their workplaces and in our nation.
That's why we need the Employee Free Choice Act-critical legislation that would restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for better wages, health care, and working conditions-and have a voice in our economy.
We're teaming up with hundreds of organizations and unions to launch a massive campaign-the Million Member Mobilization.
We're going to show the new President and Congress that there are one million people who want to give hardworking families a chance to get ahead. Can you be one of the first?
Click here to sign the petition for the Employee Free Choice Act.
Why is this bill so important? It's plain as day: workers are struggling in this country.
The playing field is tilted in favor of lavishly-paid CEOs, who get golden parachutes while middle class families get stuck holding the bag. The Employee Free Choice Act can restore the balance, giving workers freedom to form unions and bargain for better a life - and an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Corporate interests are fighting the Employee Free Choice Act with everything they've got. They're already running anti-union ads across the country and here in oregon to protecting the status quo-a rigged system which allows them to intimidate, harass, and even fire workers who try to form a union. We're not talking about isolated incidents: 30% of employers illegally fire workers who try to form unions. Half of employers illegally threaten to close down if a union is formed at their worksite. And, 80% of employees are forced to sit through mandatory, anti-union meetings led by their bosses during a union organizing effort. No one should have to worry about losing their job or be forced to listen to anti-union, anti-worker propaganda just because they want to bargain for a better life.
It's time our economy worked for everyone again. It's time for Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
Add your name to the petition and add your voice to this growing movement. Help us meet our goal of one million signatures! You can go to: http://freechoiceact.org/aflcio to sign the petition.
When you sign, be sure to upload your picture, too. We'll share it with lawmakers so they can see the faces of everyone who cares about this issue.
Together, we can change the law, change the economy, and change our futures for the better.
The Oregon AFL-CIO Team
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