Friday, May 15, 2009

Milwaukee Elected Officials and Community Members Rally in Support of the Employee Free Choice Act

Legislation Needed to Re-build the Middle Class

On Tuesday, May 19th, supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act will rally outside of the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Participants will protest a closed-door speech by Karl Rove, former advisor to President Bush, scheduled to be delivered to members of Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce.

“The Employee Free Choice Act is not just good for the labor movement, it also makes sense for our communities,” says State Rep. Barbara Toles. “Unions provide a buffer in difficult economic times. They help preserve economic benefits and maintain job security. Moreover, unions do so in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of business.”

“This is about basic fairness and human dignity,” says Rev. Dr. Rolen Womack Jr. “The Employee Free Choice Act would give working people a fair and direct path to form unions through majority sign-up, help employees secure a contract with their employer in a reasonable period of time, and toughen penalties against employers who violate their workers’ rights.”

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