From American Progress:
LABOR -- KENNEDY AND MILLER REINTRODUCE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT:
Today, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) will introduce the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill "which would not only streamline unionizing, but also assure newly organized workers a contract and sanction lawbreakers" who deny workers their right to organize.
A 2005 survey found "53 percent of nonunion workers - that's more than 50 million people - want to join a union, if given the choice." But according to Human Rights Watch, "Legal obstacles tilt the playing field so steeply against freedom of association that the United States is in violation of international human rights standards for workers."
The Employee Free Choice Act would work to break down the barriers workers face when they unite to bargain for better wages and benefits from their employers. "Corporate executives are able to negotiate lavish pay and retirement packages for themselves," a spokesman for Miller said. "Workers ought to at least have the ability to bargain for better wages and benefits."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has said the House will vote on the bill this session. Learn more about the legislation here.