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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Miles Grant: Labor and Environmentalists Can Partner On Green Jobs and Saving Business Money

H/t to Lowell at Blue Virginia for this:

Miles Grant is one of the candidates in the 47th District for the Virginia House of Delegates. He also writes the blog The Green Miles, a great environmental blog. And in this post, he proves he's also savvy about unions and workers. Here's Miles comments on the Employee Free Choice Act:
Right now there’s a critical labor question facing Americans: Do you believe it should be easier for workers to organize into a union to fight for better working conditions? That’s the question at the heart of the Employee Free Choice Act, yet it’s completely ignored in most media discussion of the bill.

Instead, reporters skip right to the Republican talking points, bashing unions and claiming that any strengthening of workers’ ability to organize will be bad for everyone. No, really. The National Right to Work Committee sent out an email claiming anyone who supports the Employee Free Choice Act is selling out “employees, customers, stockholders, and fellow employers.” I’m surprised they didn’t include pets.
It’s a sad statement about how little we value workers’ ability to organize for a better deal that even minor process changes in union organization are met with such fierce, over-the-top resistance from big business and its allies on Capitol Hill.

Grant urges his readers to attend an event his campaign is hosting this Saturday at 1 PM to write to senators Webb and Warner to urge them to support the EFCA when it comes up for a vote. Here's where you can sign up to attend. Come and get to know Miles Grant, an environmentalist and labor supporter and a great candidate for the House of Delegates from the 47th District.

The event is this Saturday, March 28, from 1 to 5 pm at Miles' headquarters, 400 N. 5th Street, #1, in Arlington.

1 comment: said...

It's disgusting the amount of misinformation there is out there about the Employee Free Choice Act. A lot of that is our fault, letting conservatives frame it as "card check" and spreading the lie that it takes away the secret ballot. Hopefully, Specter's reversal didn't kill it, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope.

The one time I blogged about it on my site, I had some shill from a corporate front group trying to attack me in the comments. It's absolutely pathetic, but it's what they do, lie, lie, and lie some more.