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2/28/2006

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan supports Peabody Energy coal miners’ right to organize






Source: Justice At Peabody

ST. LOUIS-- U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) today pledged his support for coal miners employed at Peabody Energy Corp. who are trying to form a union, and urged the company to remain neutral in the miners’ struggle for unionization. Peabody is headquartered in St. Louis near Carnahan’s congressional district.

"I support the rights of all Americans to organize in their workplaces,” said Carnahan. “Today I stand with coal miners from Peabody Energy and encourage them in their efforts to organize with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), and I urge Peabody Energy to remain neutral when it comes to its employees' choice to form a union.”

Hundreds of non-union miners at Peabody Energy’s facilities across the country have requested assistance from the UMWA to organize a union. In December, the UMWA responded by launching the Justice at Peabody campaign.

Rep. Carnahan’s statement echoed his speech to a crowd of well over 1,200 Peabody Energy workers and community leaders at the UMWA’s December organizing campaign kick-off in front of the company’s headquarters in St. Louis.

“Provisions in the U.S. labor laws to prevent employer pressure on employees who seek to organize unions are either too weak or non-existent,” Carnahan said. “I have consistently advocated in Congress for legislation, like the Employee Free Choice Act, that ensures that American workers receive the rights and protections that they deserve.”

Carnahan is a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act and is a strong advocate of a workers’ right to form a union free from employer threats, harassment and intimidation. The Employee Free Choice Act requires employer neutrality during organizing campaigns and union recognition upon a majority of employees signing cards stating their desire to be part of a union. The pending legislation, which also establishes stronger penalties for violation of employee rights, has gained bipartisan support with 208 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 42 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

“We warmly welcome Congressman Carnahan’s support for these miners’ right to join a union of their choice,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “In such a dangerous industry, miners need to be empowered to have a voice in their workplace.”

Statement from Congressman Russ Carnahan:

"I support the rights of all Americans to organize in their work places. Today I stand with coal miners from Peabody Energy and encourage them in their efforts to organize with the United Mine Workers of America. I urge Peabody Energy to remain neutral when it comes to its employees' choice to form a union.

Many of America's most successful companies have concluded that a non-adversarial relationship with unions is mutually beneficial.Provisions in the U.S. labor laws to prevent employer pressure on employees who seek to organize unions are either too weak or non-existent. I have consistently advocated in Congress for legislation, like the Employee Free Choice Act, that ensures that American workers receive the rights and protections that they deserve. The Employee Free Choice Act requires employer neutrality during organizing campaigns and union recognition upon a majority of employees signing cards stating their desire to be part of a union.

It is just good business when companies protect the basic human and labor rights of their workers and respect their right to organize a union."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Carnahan supports the "Employee Free Choice Act" I wonder if he will support te freedom of choice for those workers who don't want to join the union. Ohh, no I'm sure he doesn't want to give them that choice.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the UAW destroy the big three in Detroit all the while blaming it on management. Yet management was handcuffed by BS union rules that would not allow them to improve their product. ie change a screw to a rivet so that this door panel doesn't rattle and eventually fall off. UAW "can't do that, you will have to hire a riveter and pay the screwer to watch him rivet" WE HAVE A CONTRACT.

So what did management do? Exactly what the union wanted them to do...Nothing. And it dragged the whole (once mighty)industry down into the crapper with them. Want some more examples. US Airlines, US Steel Production. Name one industry (outside of professional athletics) that has grown and benefitted from being unionized...................................................................................................................I'm waiting!!!!

9:56 PM  

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