Rep. Miller and Sen. Harkin completely get it regarding EFCA. Via email:
U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and U.S. Sen. Tom
Harkin (D-IA) today said that a proposal unveiled by three companies
this weekend as an alternative to the Employee Free Choice Act would
further undermine workers' rights on the job. Miller and Harkin,
leaders in the House and Senate on the Employee Free Choice Act,
issued the following statement opposing this approach:
“This proposal is unacceptable. It was written by CEOs for CEOs. It is
not a serious attempt at labor law reform because it fails to
fundamentally address key problems that currently prevent workers from
being able to join together and bargain for a better life.
“This proposal maintains the status quo by denying workers a real say
in the workplace. It denies workers the ability to choose majority
sign-up, the one method for organizing proven to reduce coercion and
pressure from all sides on workers. It rejects a tried and proven
method for ensuring good faith bargaining, denying workers a fair
chance to gain the same kind of enforceable contracts that CEOs always
take for themselves.
“It even increases the power of CEOs to dominate workers’ choices by
allowing CEOs to initiate drives to get rid of a union – a choice that
should belong to workers, not CEOs. It is nothing more than a classic
Washington lobbying campaign intended to confuse the issues and
disguise the real agenda of maintaining the status quo.
Well said, gentlemen.