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More than Half of WV Workers Want it - But Asking Could Get Them Fired

March 1, 2007

Millions of working Americans are hovering above the poverty line, and 16 million are living in deep poverty -- the highest level in 32 years, according to the latest U.S. Census figures from 2005. America's middle class has been steadily shrinking over the past 20 years, according to the Brookings Institution.

Those statistics are top-of-mind as the U.S. House of Representatives takes up the "Employee Free Choice Act" today. It's designed to stop businesses from illegally thwarting unions and make it easier to form a union. Larry Matheney with the West Virginia AFL-CIO says the growing numbers of working people living in poverty and those belonging to the shrinking middle class need a voice in the workplace.

"One means for working families to raise their standard of living is by joining together, forming unions and bargaining collectively."

Critics say the bill will pressure employees to join a union. Matheney says laws designed to keep businesses from punishing workers who want to join a union aren't followed, and this law will help enforce workers' rights.

"Thirty percent of employers fire pro-union workers when an organizing drive begins. Ninety-one percent of the employers in this country today force employees to attend anti-union meetings."

The Employee Free Choice Act is H.R. 800. The only member of West Virginia's delegation who has not signed on to the bill is Rep. Capito.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WV