Visionary Employers Featured in 2009 Labor Day List

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Visionary Employers Featured in 2009 Labor Day List

Companies Applauded for Supporting the Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON -
Companies
across the nation are weathering our economic storm by working closer
and harder than ever with their strongest asset – their employees. In
observance of Labor Day, the American Rights at Work Education Fund
publicizes successful union and management partnerships in its fifth
annual Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work.
Unique to this year’s report are employers who support the Employee
Free Choice Act, legislation that protects workers and enables
long-term growth for American businesses.
 
The List is available at: www.AmericanRightsatWork.org
 
The
companies in the report were selected for their commitment to providing
sustainable wages and family-friendly benefits, respecting workers’
decisions to form unions, and speaking out on the need for others to
follow suit.
 
“This year’s Labor Day List employers clearly show that productive labor relations benefit workers, their families, and the company’s bottom line,” says Kimberly Freeman, Acting Executive Director of the American Rights at Work Education Fund.
She adds, “Without a doubt, economic success does not have to come at
the expense of workers’ rights. That’s why we chose to showcase
companies that have demonstrated their unyielding support for the
Employee Free Choice Act, which is fundamental to rebuilding our
economy and empowering workers to achieve the American Dream.”
 
While
many U.S. companies instinctively put the squeeze on employees as a
first response to below standard financial forecasts, one of this
year’s honorees, American Income Life Insurance Company,
is growing in this economy due to the strong collaboration with its
staff. The business model for the Waco, TX based employer of over 3,000
union staff nationwide increases both productivity and profits while
furthering the company’s mission of protecting working families with
supplemental life insurance.
 
The longstanding relationship that the family and minority-owned Raymond’s Painting and Decorating, Inc.,
has with its workers’ union has resulted in a highly-skilled staff
capable of meeting project needs for some of Denver’s most notable
landmarks. Other business owners featured in the Labor Day List are self-made entrepreneurs who want their workers to share in their company’s success. Print & Copy’s
commitment to the well-being of its employees is unparalleled, and its
owner has spoken numerous times on the need for meaningful labor law
reform to ensure all workers have decent opportunities and their rights
protected. The Pittsburgh area full-service printer believes it has
remained competitive and successful in part due to the incredible
training unions provide. Center
 
Other employers profiled include Ivory Leathers, Inc. (West Fargo, ND), Morton Williams Supermarkets (New York, NY), McGuire ScenicWest Sheet Metal Company (Sterling, VA), and Wisconsin Vision, Inc. (New Berlin, WI). (Indianapolis, IN),
 
These
employers represent a growing community of responsible businesses that
play by the rules, and want policies that encourage others to do so as
well, so they’re not competing on an unlevel field. According to
Freeman,“Measures like the Employee Free Choice Act will give more
workers a choice to join unions, giving them the financial means to
support the small businesses that help drive the engine of our
economy.”
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