March 10, 2009
UFCW Statement on the Introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act
(Washington, D.C.) – It is time for leadership. With a faltering economy and millions of hardworking families struggling to make ends meet, only strong leadership can end thirty years of wage stagnation and renew the American Dream for America’s workers. The Employee Free Choice Act would kick start the engine of America’s middle class.
The introduction of the Free Choice legislation today gives Congress the opportunity to show American workers that they are willing to stand up for real change for working families and shape a brighter future for our children and our grandchildren.
1.3 million UFCW members and their families are counting on their Senators and Congresspersons to show leadership and support the Employee Free Choice Act.
Without the Employee Free Choice Act, workers will continue to fight a one-sided, losing battle to exercise their legal rights at work. The recent stimulus package was a necessary first step in the right direction. But if our country is to have a sound and sustainable economy, we must fully renew the opportunity for workers to achieve the American Dream. Union membership is the engine of a middle-class economy.
UFCW members and working families across the nation are standing firmly in support of this legislation. We will not let corporate America drown out reasonable debate on this issue with lies and exaggerations about the process by which workers can choose a union.
We will not let Congress forget why corporate America is spending millions of dollars on ads and lobbyists. Companies like Wal-Mart are profiting from our economic downturn while thousands of Wal-Mart workers try to stay afloat with part-time incomes, unaffordable health care and questionable job security. Severe income inequality is destroying the American Dream and today we stand united to say it’s time to level the playing field for American workers.
UFCW members will continue to make our voices heard so that every worker can freely choose to join a union to improve their lives, without intimidation, harassment or fear.