Labor's Last Stand? - The Employee Free Choice Act & the Fight Against Inequality

02/25/2009 7:00 pm
02/25/2009 9:00 pm


The Boston Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) presents:

Labor's Last Stand?: The Employee Free Choice Act and the Fight Against Inequality

Presenters: Steve Schnapp, Senior Education Coordinator at UFE, Harris Gruman, Political Director of SEIU; Elaine Bernard, Director of the Harvard Trade Union Program

Location: Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge MA

Cost/Registration: Free

Information: David Duhalde,

Description: The American worker and union organizers face steep legal and employer-based opposition during unionization drives. New legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier to democratically form unions with majority-sign up and create stiffer penalties for illegal union busting. Naturally, the bill is facing slander from the right-wing and weak support from the new Democratic majority in Washington.

Yet, the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is very possible. It will only happen, however, through a massive push from the grassroots and public education.

The goal of this presentation is to build knowledge about the Employee Free Choice Act and its components, such as majority sign-up, mandatory arbitration, and increased fines against anti-union activity.   Attendees of this event will leave more prepared to talk with their friends, family, and colleagues about the bill and build grassroots pressure to push Congress and the White House in the right direction.