Friday, March 20, 2009

Leveling the Playing Field for Workers

If you've been seeing the ads on television recently, you may be a little confused about something called the Employee Free Choice Act.

Business-related groups are running ads claiming that the measure is un-American and takes away the secret ballot. Hogwash.

Livingston County residents next week will have a chance to learn about the proposed federal measure that will protect the rights of workers to form unions at an event sponsored by the Livingston County Democratic Party.

Brent Gillette, a representative from the AFL-CIO, will speak about the Employee Free Choice Act next Tuesday (March 24, 2009) at 7 p.m. at Livingston County Democratic Party headquarters.

Supporters of the measure argue that too often under the current system, employers take coercive actions that interfere with attempts to form unions. They often force workers to attend closed-door meetings against unions, threaten to close down the company entirely, and even fire workers involved in the organizing attempts.

Despite all the negative propaganda floating around, the measure has broad support among the public. An independent poll by the Gallup organization released on Tuesday shows 53 percent of Americans asked supported a new law that would "make it easier for labor unions to organize workers." Only 39 percent of respondents opposed such a law.

The event is open to the public. Party headquarters are at 10321 E. Grand River, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116.

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