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Employee Free Choice Act. Restoring the Freedom to Bargain for a Better Life. www.EmployeeFreeChoiceAct.org. This is a story about Power. Union power built the American Middle Class Corporate America wants ALL the power We are fighting to win back: Good Jobs Affordable Health Care

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Employee Free Choice Act

Restoring the Freedom to Bargain

for a Better Life

www.EmployeeFreeChoiceAct.org


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This is a story about Power

  • Union power built the American Middle Class

  • Corporate America wants ALL the power

  • We are fighting to win back:

    • Good Jobs

    • Affordable Health Care

    • A Secure Retirement

    • Freedom to Bargain Collectively

www.EmployeeFreeChoiceAct.org


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Workers are Falling Behind

Average Increase in Income

Off the chart!

497%

Source: Economic Policy Institute

181%

200%

1947-'73

1973-'04

150%

116%

97.1%

103%

98.2%

84.8%

100%

63.6%

38.4%

50%

23.4%

12.9%

2.8%

0%

Second Poorest

Poorest

Middle

Richest

Second Richest

Top 0.1%*

Top 0.01%*

20%

20%

20%

20%

20%

*1979-2001

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We Make It – They Take It

CEO Wages vs. Worker Wages

Workers Wages

1200%

CEO Compensation

900%

CEO Salary up 700%!

600%

300%

0

1947

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…and Corporations don’t give much back

% of Tax Revenue from Corporations

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Union Workers Make 30% More

Average Weekly Wages

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006

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Union Workers Have Better Benefits

% of Workers With Benefits

Source: U.S. Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2005.

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60 Million Americans Would Join a Union Now if They Could

Vote For Union Representation

Among nonunion, non-managerial workers

Not sure

Favor union

Oppose union

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But Every Day, Corporations Deny Employees the Freedom to Gain a Better Life

Harassed

Threatened

Fired

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Verizon: the poster child for corporate bad behavior Gain a Better Life

  • There’s no better example of why working people need the Employee Free Choice Act than the anti-union and anti-worker actions of Verizon.


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Verizon’s Corporate Strategy Gain a Better Life

  • Wall off union-represented areas of company

  • Keep Wireless non-union

  • Keep VZ Business non-union

  • Attack collective bargaining


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Why the Employee Free Choice Act Matters: The System is Broken

  • Amongprivate-sector employers whose workers try to form unions:

  • 78% force workers to attend one-on-one anti-union meetings with supervisors

  • 92%force employees to attend mandatory anti-union meetings

  • 25%illegally fire at least one worker for union activity

  • 33% never agree to a contract

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There’s a way to fix it: BrokenThe Employee Free Choice Act

  • This legislation strengthens protections for workers' freedom to choose union representation.

  • Results in more workers being able to bargain with their employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions

  • Strengthens penalties for companies that break the law when workers are trying to form unions  

  • Establishes mediation and binding arbitration when the employer and workers cannot agree on a first contract

  • Enables workers to form unions when a majority signs union authorization cards

www.EmployeeFreeChoiceAct.org


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Who Supports the Employee Free Choice Act? Broken

More than two-thirds of the American public

Strongly oppose

Strongly favor

Somewhat oppose

69%

Not sure

Somewhat favor

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The Employee Free Choice Act Broken

Majority Sign-Up:

  • Balances power between workers and management

  • Minimizes workplace conflict

  • Avoids coercion and harassment of workers

  • Eliminates delays

  • It’s a proven approach

  • It’s democratic

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The House of Representatives approved the Employee Free Choice Act by a 241-185 vote.

The bill is now on the Senate floor and we’re building support.

Elected officials are supporting Verizon workers.

Elected leaders are signing on:


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Employee Free Choice Act Choice Act by a 241-185 vote.

Because Every Worker Deserves the Freedom to Bargain for a Better Life

www.EmployeeFreeChoiceAct.org


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