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American Rights at Work

New Television Ad in Maine Highlights Need for Employee Free Choice Act

Encourages Support for Legislation to Help Restore Middle Class

WASHINGTON - American Rights at Work, representing a broad
coalition of labor and workers' rights advocates, will launch the first
issue advertising campaign for the 111th Congress on Sunday,
November 16. The Maine
television ad campaign,
aimed at building support for
the Employee Free Choice Act, serves as a reminder that in our current economic
climate, the American public is hungry for measures to strengthen the middle

The ad is available here:

As workers' paychecks shrink and healthcare costs skyrocket out
of control, America's
working families are paying the biggest price in our struggling economy. The
Employee Free Choice Act will help level the playing field for America's
workers by giving them a fair and direct path to form unions. It will also help
employees secure a contract in a reasonable period of time and toughen
penalties against employers who violate the law.

"If a majority of workers
want a union, they should get one - it's that simple,"

said American
Rights at Work Chair David Bonior.
The reality is they can't. 
That's why Americans are calling resoundingly for new economic policies
that restore the middle class and rebuild our economy so that it works for
everyone again, not just CEOs and corporate special interests." 

The Employee Free Choice Act is an overwhelmingly popular piece of
bipartisan legislation. In a poll
conducted of voters
last week by Peter D. Hart Research Associates,  60
percent of voters believe that in these tough economic times, it is important
to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, and nearly one-third (31 percent) strongly
believe it should be a priority for Congress.  President-elect Obama and
Vice-President-elect Biden are cosponsors of the bill and majority of the incoming
Congress also solidly backs the measure. 

"Our new policymakers know this is a critical vehicle in the
economic recovery for Main Street. 
We need the Employee Free Choice Act to restore the balance, giving men and
women the freedom to form unions and get better health care, job security, and
benefits - and an opportunity to pursue their dreams," Bonior


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