Murkowski should support Employee Free Choice Act

Posted: Monday, June 01, 2009

The Employee Free Choice Act, which allows employees to have a secret ballot on forming unions in the work place, will soon be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has not yet committed her support to this act.

Throughout our history, employee unions have not only promoted advances in worker pay and benefits, they have been at the forefront of worker safety. It is not a coincidence that a decrease in unionization in past decades has also resulted in a decrease in the standard of living of the middle class, an increase in the number of working poor, and an emphasis on deregulation in areas that impact worker safety, environmental protection and economic fairness.

Many of the woes facing our country today are a result of these circumstances, which are challenging our country as never before. The practice of shipping jobs to parts of the world with the cheapest labor and the least environmental protections has hurt us all. Farm workers unionized for better pay and forced the banning of DDT as a matter of worker safety. Strengthening unions can help us all by raising our standard of living and protecting our environment.

Please contact Murkowski and urge her to support and vote for the Employee Free Choice Act.

Judy Crondahl

Juneau



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