Dozens of UFCW members from UFCW Locals 1994, 27, and 400 were at the Capitol today as theEmployee Free Choice Act was introduced in the House and Senate. Members traveled toWashington to appear at a Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing entitled Rebuilding Economic Security: Empowering Workers to Restore the Middle Class.
After the hearing, Senator Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Miller (D-CA) introduced the bill in each chamber of Congress. UFCW members and members from other unions were there to show their support for Employee Free Choice as one important way to restore prosperityfor American workers in the economic downturn.
"I want Employee Free Choice to pass so that other workers can enjoy the benefits that I have,” said Jim Sanders, a Local 27 member at Shoppers Food Warehouse. “Even though the economy is bad right now, my wife and I are doing okay because we are both union members.”
“UFCW members and working families across the nation are standing firmly in support of thislegislation,” said UFCW International President Joe Hansen. “We will not let corporate America drown out reasonable debate on this issue with lies and exaggerations about the process by which workers can choose a union.”
In the coming weeks, UFCW members from all over the country will be traveling to Washington,D.C. to speak to their members of Congress and urge them to support Employee Free Choice.