[Imc-worcester] EFCA Event
mjchenaille at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 11 06:32:13 PST 2008
I wrote this piece after yesterday's Kick-off in Boston. Much of the wording comes from the Congressional Record I picked up in the Copley Library.
The Employee Free Choice Act is our "Golden Parachute." First introduced in 2003, SOMEOME??? has pushed this bill through our government for at least 5 years. Now, our President WANTS to sign EFCA into law---AND--- we need to MAKE HIM SIGN IT!!
There is big $ fighting this bill at a time when workers rights to organize for better wages will be framed as "unpatriotic".
The union-busters are calling us un-patriotic We are patriots because we love this country. Not because we sell our bodies, our
labor in corporate America.
"We the People" must be the sure foundation under-girding President Obama's resolve to sign The Employee Free Choice Act into the United States of America's code of law.
We can't wait until the next meeting, we can't wait until February, we can't wait until after the Inauguration----Obama needs us NOW!! We need each other now.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom,
Employee Free Choice Act Kick-Off (0+ / 0-)
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice used this anniversary of the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights to kick-off the "1 Million Mobilization for the Employee Free Choice Act."
The Employee Free Choice Act will:
1) Enable workers to form unions when a majority signs authorization cards;
2) Establish mediation and binding arbitration when the employer and workers cannot agree on a first contract;
Increase penalties for companies that coerce and intimidate employees trying to for unions and bargain.
The One Million Mobilization for the Employee Free Choice Act campaign will send 1 million signatures to the new President & Congress urging the enactment of the bill (H.R. 800) into law. President-Elect Obama has promised to sign the bill when it gets to his desk. We must make sure The Employee Free Choice Act arrives on President Obama's desk during the first 100 days of his administration. On February 8, 2007, the Employee Free Choice Act, as H.R.800, was re-introduced int the 100th Congress by Chairman George miller, joined by 230 original co-sponsors, including Representative Peter King (R-NY) as a lead co-sponsor. In the following days, the number of co-sponsors increased to 234, including both Democratic and Republican co-sponsors. On February 14, 2007 the Committee on Education and Labor met to markup
H.R. 800, the EFCA. The full Committee voted to favorably report H.R. 800, by a vote of 26-19. The bill was not reported favorably in the Senate.
H.R. 800 addresses a human rights crisis that is a leading cause of the middle class squeeze. The freedom to form or join a labor union and engage in collective bargaining is an internationally-recognized human right. In the United States, the freedom of association is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The most explicit recognition of the principle for private sector workers in federal law is the 1935 Wagner Act, also known as the National Labor Relations Act.
For more information about the "One Million Mobilization for the Employee Free Choice Act" see the Jobs with Justice website and the AFL-CIO site.
--- On Sun, 12/7/08, Russ Davis <russdavis at comcast.net> wrote:
From: Russ Davis <russdavis at comcast.net>
Subject: EFCA Event
To: mjchenaille at yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 10:37 AM
Employee Free Choice Act!
unions represent less than 13% of workers. It is no coincidence that our
economy is weak, workers need unions to reign in corporate greed and
excess. This is why we need you and your members to stand up for the
Employee Free Choice Act. Join us to be part of the exciting state-wide
campaign for this historic legislation that preserves the right to a union for
workers. Be part of the first public event to demand a real economic
Community, Faith, and Labor leaders on International Human Rights Day,
Wednesday December 10th
11AM for a campaign kick off
time press event press
St, in Downtown
RSVP with Jennifer @ Jennifer at massjwj.net or
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