Real Labor Law Reform!
Legislation introduced by
Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
would restore the right to
organize and bargain collectively
Help build support for this badly-needed
"Full freedom of association, self-organization" and the right
to collective bargaining are supposed to be the rules governing labor-relations in the
United States. It's the law and it's official government policy. But those rights are
flagrantly ignored by bosses from coast-to-coast and are undermined in the so-called
"right to work for less" states. It's time for real labor law reform and
the Workplace Democracy Act would do just that.
Introduced by U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), this bill would
restore the right to organize and bargain collectively to working people with real
protection from bosses who now flaunt the law, hiding behind slick, high-priced,
For more information:
Then, help build support for this badly needed legislation by taking on
one or more of the actions listed below ... and
printing the UE internet-flier to circulate or post.
One out of ten workers are fired during union organizing drives in the
Bosses want NLRB union "elections" because the slow, toothless
process allows them to smash the union. We need "card check" recognition to
protect a workers right to join the union.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is weak and ineffective
bosses fire workers and violate the law with little fear of prosecution or penalty.
Half of all newly organized groups never win a first contract, and are
destroyed by the bosses delays and attacks.
Wages and working conditions have been deteriorating steadily for more
than 20 years, due in part to the destruction of our right to organize. Working people
have little ability to unionize and force their bosses to raise wages and improve benefits
and working conditions.
The number of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against employers
increased 400% between 1960 and 1980.
Public sector workers in many states have no right whatsoever to join a
union or bargain collectively with their government employers.
The NLRB takes months to conduct a union "election," giving
bosses extraordinary amounts of time to fire, threaten, harass, or bribe workers into
rejecting the union. Many bosses want a union "election" to legitimize their
The NLRB process for winning reinstatement of illegally fired workers,
or of re-running an election unfairly "won" by the boss customarily takes
several years of legal wrangling.
(Note: bill number has changed for the
Call your Representative at (800) 765-4440 or (800) LABOR21 and ask them
to co-sponsor the Workplace Democracy Act.
Call them back in one week to find out if they have done so, and if not,
why not. Ask them to contact Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for more information on
the bill, or copy this Political Action Bulletin and send it to them yourself.
Organize a delegation from your local to visit your Representative in
the office nearest to you, to ask him or her to co-sponsor the Workplace Democracy Act.
Contact another union where you live, and ask their members to discuss
this bill and help build support for it. Copy this Political Action Bulletin for them and
offer to make a presentation to their executive board or monthly membership meeting.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, explaining the
Workplace Democracy Act and asking the readers to support it. Be sure to send copies of
printed letters to the UE Washington Office.
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