Employee Free Choice Act (S.560 and HR 1409)
The Employee Free Choice Act was introduced by the U.S. Senate (S.560) and the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 1409) on March 10, 2009. The Employee Free Choice Act is critical legislation that will restore our middle class and give workers back the freedom to bargain for a better life.
The Employee Free Choice Act will:
- Establish stronger penalties if companies illegally coerce, intimidate, or violate the rights of workers who are forming unions and negotiating first contracts.
- Provide mediation and arbitration by a neutral third party if workers and the employer can't agree on a first contract.
- Allow workers to form unions and bargain when 50 percent of workers, sign authorization cards. Workers can also request a secret ballot election.
Too often workers trying to form unions and bargain for a better life are thwarted by corporations who use coercion, harassments, and delay tactics. The Employee Free Choice Act will restore workers' freedom to unionize and bargain for better wages, benefits, and a voice on the job. When more workers unionize, the voice for all workers is stronger.