Letters to the Editor

EFCA would grant power to the people

Dear Editor,

While Wall Street only recently went into crisis mode, working families have been feeling the pain for years. Even though worker productivity has soared over the last 25 years, wages have gone stagnant. Working families had to turn to second jobs, credit cards and toxic loans just to stay afloat. Meanwhile, corporate executives squandered workers’ increasing profitability on their jet-setter lifestyles.

There’s no question that we need to bring a sense of balance back to our economy and at our places of work. The Employee Free Choice Act would restore workers’ freedom to choose how they want to form a union and bargain collectively for better lives. Ads have falsely attacked this much-needed legislation on the basis of some red-herring notion that it would take away the right to a secret ballot.

So let’s be clear. Workers can still opt for a secret ballot election if they so choose. This legislation gives workers another choice: to form a union when a simple majority of workers sign authorization cards.

The real debate comes down to whether you think corporate executives or workers should get to decide how workers form their union. Today, the boss decides for you. The Employee Free Choice Act puts that decision back in the hands of workers.

Majority signup isn’t new. Over 500,000 workers have joined unions through the less-divisive majority sign-up process at companies like AT&T since 2003.

In the midst of today’s economic uncertainty, we need to be doing everything we can to strengthen and grow the middle class. Working people know that the power to bargain collectively is the surest way to secure livable wages and quality health care. The Employee Free Choice Act is the key to making sure that working families earn their fair share for their hard work.

Polly Baca
Denver