Higgins Joins Workers in Demanding Passage of “The Employee Free Choice Act” in the 109th Congress
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Congressmen George Miller (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), Reverend Ron Steif of the United Church of Christ, and workers fighting for the right to organize for a bipartisan briefing on the failure of U.S. labor law to fully protect the freedom of association in America.
Working people from all sectors of the economy, employed at major corporations including Verizon Wireless, Comcast, BFI Waste, and others, spoke publicly about the harassment, intimidation, and coercion they experience in trying to exercise their legally-protected right to form a union. Lawmakers are introducing legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act, today in order to strengthen that right.
“I know from personal experience that working families deserve adequate paychecks that reward their honest labor,” said Congressman Higgins. “Protecting and strengthening the freedom of workers to form unions will ensure the strong survival of the middle class. I am pleased to be an original cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act and I will actively fight for its passage in Congress."
Today, more working people than ever before say they would join a union if they had a chance, according to a new survey from Peter D. Hart Research. The Employee Free Choice Act is bipartisan legislation that strengthens protections for workers’ freedom to form unions by requiring employers to recognize the unions after workers sign cards authorizing union representation, by providing for mediation and arbitration of first-contract disputes and authorizing stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union.