Over 125 People Brave the Cold in Support of Tompkins Legislature Passing Employee Free Choice Act by 12-3 Vote

The Tompkins County Legislature, by a bi-partisan vote of 12 to 3, has approved a resolution urging Congressional support for the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, which requires union recognition by the employer upon either the signature of a majority of workers of written authorizations (cards) or by secret ballot majority vote, is currently pending in Congress. Under the bill, the choice of recognition process is, unlike under the current law, up to the union to decide.

**To sign online petition sponsored by our national affiliate, Jobs with Justice, go to: http://www.freechoiceact.org/page/s/jwj?source=widget&subsource=w

**To see the actual text of the Employee Free Choice Act, go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1409:

As documented by Human Rights Watch, workers in the United States today face a system with “glaring deficiencies” that “significantly impairs the right of workers to freely choose whether to form a union” (http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/efca2009_web.pdf). The Employee Free Choice Act is a human rights imperative that seeks to restore to workers the right to a more democratic workplace. (See the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 23 http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html)

Because of your past support for worker rights we are hopeful that you will be there with us on the 7th. Contact us at 269-0409 or pete@tclivingwage.org if you would like more information.