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Helping New Mexicans Workers Join Forces

March 2, 2007

Thousands of New Mexico workers say they would join a union if they had a chance, and it's a chance that could come soon thanks to federal legislation. The U.S. House voted Thursday to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. It's designed to stop businesses from illegally thwarting unions and make it easier to form a union. Jon Thomas-Weger with the Central New Mexico Labor Council says the growing numbers of working people living in poverty and those belonging to the shrinking middle class need a voice in the workplace.

"The average income for a family has been falling in proportion to the decline in the labor movement."

The Act still has to pass the Senate, and the Albuquerque City Council is introducing a motion urging the Senate to do so. Critics say the bill will put pressure on employees to join a union.

Thomas-Weger believes current laws designed to keep businesses from punishing workers who want to join a union, aren't followed, and this should help protect workers' rights.

"Every organizing campaign I've been in they've fired somebody. And they're forced to sit in through company anti-union meetings."

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NM