SEIU President Andy Stern sent this message to SEIU activists and members this morning. Watch this video and join our campaign for Employee Free Choice.
America spoke on Tuesday: we elected a President who will stand up for working families to get our economy back on track.
A key component to our economic recovery will be the Employee Free Choice Act. So today I want to introduce you to one of its most prominent supporters: President-elect Barack Obama. Don’t take it from me, though. Please watch this video of Barack Obama talking about the Employee Free Choice Act in his own words, and then sign our petition to show your support.
Barack Obama helped lead the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act in the Senate, and he’s promised to sign the bill as President.
The Employee Free Choice Act will be among the priorities for President-elect Obama and the new, pro-middle class Congress as they put together a rescue package for working families next year.
But make no mistake: the fight for this bill will be difficult. Wealthy CEOs have lined up tens of millions of dollars to make sure that workers aren’t able to earn better wages and benefits that can support their families.
The next President and Congress need to see the broad public support for this much-needed boost for the middle class. Check out this video and join Barack in supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.
Check out this additional information on how Barack Obama supports Employee Free Choice from the AFL-CIO:
Obama Voted for Employee Free Choice Act. Obama co-sponsored and voted for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would restore workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions without employer harassment. (H.R. 800, Vote 227, 6/26/07)
Obama Promises to Sign the Employee Free Choice Act into Law. Obama says, “We will pass the Employee Free Choice Act. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” (Chicago Tribune, 3/4/07)
Obama: Employee Free Choice Act Gives Workers Majority Sign-Up. Obama said, “Th e Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers to form a union through majority sign-up and card-checks, and strengthen penalties for those employers who are in violation. The choice to organize should be left up to workers and workers alone. It should be their free choice.” (Obama Senate Press Release, 6/20/07)
Obama Says Choice to Form Unions Belongs to Workers. “Th e choice to organize should be left up to workers and workers alone. It should be their free choice.” At an AFSCME forum, Obama said, “In this country, we believe that if the majority of workers in a company want a union, they should get a union. We can do this.” (Take Back America Conference, 6/19/07; Obama Senate Press Release, 6/20/07)
Obama Says Workers Are Victimized by Current Law. Obama said workers are being victimized by current organizing laws. “The employers are abiding by the letter of the law…but it turns out we (still) have an overwhelming number of voters who would want to join a union….It would seem to me that we should change the law.” (Investor’s Business Daily, 3/30/07)