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February 6, 2007

Support the Employee Free Choice Act!

Tell your Congressional representatives to support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Below is the letter I sent to Senator Boxer (most of it is directly from the AFL-CIO form letter):

As the Program Chair of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section (WILPF US), I urge Congress to support the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1696 and S. 842) now.

Workers need the Employee Free Choice Act because workers need unions. Union workers typically earn 30 percent more than nonunion workers to support their families and contribute to their communities. Union members are much more likely than nonunion workers to have vital benefits such as health care coverage, disability insurance and retirement security. And no one can put a price tag on the pride of having a union voice at work.

Some 60 million workers would join a union if they could. But, as Human Rights Watch has documented, employers routinely harass, coerce, intimidate and stall to block workers' freedom to choose union representation. In fact, every 23 minutes a worker is fired or penalized for supporting a union.

Senator Boxer, the Employee Free Choice Act (S. 842) is imperative to allowing workers a voice at work. Unions help not only their members, but all citizens. They increase corporate accountability and provide a vital voice for America's workers in the halls of power.

I look forward to your prompt response assuring me that you support S. 842.

Cynthia J. Minster

issue found via my fellow blogger, Erik Love, at the Courage Campaign

Posted by cj at February 6, 2007 11:34 PM


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