Thursday, December 11, 2008

Worker Rights are Human Rights

Yesterday was International Human Rights Day, and all across the country local union members like you made a strong statement about the importance of workers' rights.

Despite being the world's wealthiest country, the United States still lags far behind in protecting the ability of workers to organize. Around the world, more than 70 other countries provide a fair way for workers to form a union. The United States isn't one of them.

The Communication Workers of America, represently local AT&T employees in Northwest Arkansas, is leading a powerful mobilization effort today to change that by making sure that Congress is ready to move forward on Employee Free Choice Act, a crucial bill that would allow workers to organize free of employer intimidation. It's up to us to make sure this legislation makes it through the United States Senate with strong support.

You can make a real difference by calling our Senators right now and urging them to support the Employee Free Choice Act. Here are their names and phone numbers:

Blanche Lincoln:

(202) 224-4843

Mark Pryor:

(202) 224-2353

And here is an example of what you can say to the person who answers the phone:

"Hello, my name is __________ and I am one of the Senator's constituents. I'm calling to ask the Senator to stand with working Americans by supporting the Employee Free Choice Act. This bill will help protect workers' rights and strengthen the middle class. Will the Senator support this legislation?"

Please be part of today's mobilization effort. Call your Senators, and then click here to let us know you called:

This legislation is the single most important way to protect workers from companies who intimidate, mislead, threaten, and even fire their employees during the organizing process. The bill would let workers choose between a vote and a simple majority sign-up system to decide on having union representation in their workplace, and restoring fairness to a system that has been dominated by employers for far too long.

Workers' rights are human rights. We’re counting on you to help U.S. workers make their voices heard.

1 comment:

Steven said...

Nice post. I found a blog that listed the major corporations that are spending millions against the Employee Free Choice Act...cant remember which one though. Of course Wal-mart is on the list. And McDonalds...yet another reason to avoid their version of food.