Ever since Ronald Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers back in the mid eighties union membership has been on the decline. This act could well turn that around.
I’m a member of the United Steel Workers, but have not historically been the rah rah type. This act though could ease a lot of problems facing the American labor force. Due to the decline in membership, the unions don’t pack the clout they once did. They still receive lip service from the democrats, but thats pretty much alll it is. NAFTA and GATT have decimated American manufacturing jobs, and jobs paying a decent wage in the manufacturing sector continue to decline.
Stronger unions mean more clout. Politically, and at the bargaining table. Strong unions make it more difficult to pass legislation that ship our jobs overseas. They would be better equipped to fight outsourcing, wage reductions, anda host of benefit related issues.
Just last year the Kentucky River nurses decision pushed millions of workers into supervisor status. Nurses, construction workers, reporters, physicians assistance; can all be categorized now as supervisors as a result of that decision. Which takes away their right to collective bargaining. Attempts to overturn that decision are still in the works, but passage of the employees free choice act could make 60 million more people eligible to unionize without corporate interference.
If you go to this link you can contact your senators through a link midpage. Tell them you support the act. It’s unlikely to gain passage, but your support could make a difference.