For Immediate Release
(American Rights at Work)
Alison Omens (AFL-CIO)
Noreen Nielsen (Change to Win)
New Nationwide Ad: Wall Street Chooses Greed over Workers, Employee Free Choice Act
Second ad in a week builds on hundreds of grassroots events and momentum for legislation during Congressional recess
Nationwide - Greeted with a new massive nationwide ad campaign along with over
350 grassroots actions, members of Congress returned to their home
states and districts this week to be reminded that a majority of the
public demands passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. A new, hard-hitting television ad
will hit national airwaves today exposing the real motives of those who
oppose the Employee Free Choice Act. It joins another ad already on the
air and grassroots events across the country highlighting the broad
support for the bill.
The ad calls out corporations, many of whom have received billions of
dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts, as opposing workers’ freedom to
bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits at a time
when the imbalance of power is the reason for our economic crisis.
Instead of focusing on rebuilding our economy and getting us out of the
mess they helped to create, the ad points out that companies like Bank
of America took $45 billion in taxpayer money and have been working
against the Employee Free Choice Act, exploiting their low wage
workers, and rewarding its leaders, like CEO Ken Lewis, with million
“The public and lawmakers alike need to know that the special interests
opposing the Employee Free Choice Act are the same ones who caused this
economic meltdown,” said American Rights at Work Executive Director
Mary Beth Maxwell. “This new ad sends a resolute message that now is
the time to help workers to bargain for a better life. The Employee
Free Choice Act is urgently needed to create fairness in this economy.”
The momentum for the Employee Free Choice Act is growing, with
ramped up grassroots events underway during the recess including
rallies, anti-corporate actions, leafleting, lobbying, town hall
meetings, moving billboards, community forums, vigils, call-in days,
and more. Workers, elected officials, small business owners, students,
faith leaders, civil rights activists, and other advocates, are
participating in an array of actions underscoring the broad and diverse
support for the measure.
The new ad campaign and recess activities continue to build on the
broad support for the Employee Free Choice Act: independent polling
confirmed a majority of the public supports its passage; over 40
leading economists – including Nobel laureates – released a joint
statement endorsing the legislation as a critical part of our economic
recovery; and just last week the “Faces of the Employee Free Choice Act ” campaign was unveiled by award-winning cast members of The West Wing standing alongside workers to promote the freedom to form unions on Capitol Hill.
Below is the script for the new TV ad:
“Greed” TV: 30
“It’s the Wall Street way of doing business.
Getting rich is everything.
Reward yourself for failure.
Employees don’t matter.
Exploiting them is acceptable.
Don’t let workers get ahead.
That’s why they think they deserve bailouts and bonuses for bringing our economy down.
And then turn around and try to keep workers from joining unions to earn better wages and benefits.
Don’t let them get away with it.
Tell Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act now.
It’s time the economy worked for everyone again.”
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