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6/27/2005

Workers describe roadblocks to getting union

Source: People's Weekly World

A congressional forum here on reforming the labor laws that govern union organizing drives spotlighted the obstacles employers put in the way of workers seeking to join a union.

The June 13 forum on the “Employee Free Choice Act” was hosted by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). Nearly 200 people packed the hearing room at City Hall. DeLauro opened the hearing by saying, “Today the system is broken,” and said it was time to “put some teeth into the labor law.”

Labor law reform is needed now more than ever. Even though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to form and join a trade union,” this right is routinely ignored by employers in the United States. Every 23 minutes a U.S. worker is discriminated against or fired for union activity. (MORE >>>)

More information on Employee Free Choice Act:

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Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney join Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) to announce the introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act.

The Employee Free Choice Act Would:


Allow employees to freely choose whether to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.


Provide mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.


Establish stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations.

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