Friday, March 13, 2009

EFCA - A letter to Congressman Mitchell

Congress will soon be considering the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) (H.R. 1409 in the House; S.560 in the Senate).

It's been the subject of a massive anti-worker campaign funded by deep-pocketed corporate front groups. Many members of Congress, including CD5's Harry Mitchell, have been harassed by right-wing talk radio and inundated with a campaign of mass-produced postcards and phone calls to attempt to intimidate them into opposing the measure.

Perhaps the most galling aspect of the campaign has been the fact that some companies, particularly banks, that have received public bailouts from the American taxpayer, have used that money to fund anti-worker and anti-union activities. (Huffington Post)

It's time to let them, and Congress, know that the majority of Americans support unions and support EFCA.

On to the letter -
Congressman Mitchell,

Thank you for your past support of EFCA, the Employee Free Choice Act.

Tonight, I am writing to you to urge you to continue to support it, which will soon be before you in the form of H.R.1409. The proposal will provide workers much-needed protections from employer misconduct and intimidation when workers are considering whether to form a union.

Far too often, workers who are trying to form a union, or who even merely think about it, are fired (more than 20%), threatened with job loss (more than 50%), threatened with deportation in the case of immigrants (also more than 50%), forced into closed-door anti-union indoctrination sessions conducted by company management, usually with the assistance of professional union busters (90%!).

Among the lies that the anti-worker agitators and union-busters are putting out is the one that a vote for EFCA is a vote against the "American tradition of the secret ballot."

In fact, the bill places control of the choice of a secret ballot election in the hands of workers, not companies.

That lie is just a small part of the organized campaign against the bill, funded by corporate front groups.

Congressman, I understand that you are being attacked by the GOP and right-wing talk radio hosts over this issue, but they don't care about workers and working families in your district and across the country, only about using this as a wedge issue.

Please continue to stand strong for workers and working families as they strive to make a decent life.

Thank you for all of the work you have done for your constituents in CD5.


Good night!


Donna said...

I don't expect him to support it. I've been told by an "insider" that the mere hint of support for unions loses Harry 5 to 10 points in the polls in CD5. Anti-labor sentiment is deeply entrenched in this district.

cpmaz said...

I hope you're wrong, but think you are probably right.

While Tempe is pretty moderate, Scottsdale and Ahwatukee are pretty much filled with country-club Republicans.