Unions affiliated to the American confederation AFL-CIO have committed to getting at least ten percent of their members to sign pledges in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. This should result in at least one million signatures.
The Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama support the Employee Free Choice Act, whereas Republican candidate John McCain opposes it.
Unions intend to make labour rights an issue in the election campaign. They will launch a large scale education campaign and seek support from religious leaders, civil rights leaders, academics, think tanks and other opinion leaders. Last year, Australian unions successfully turned labour rights into an election issue.
Many expect that the Employee Free Choice Act, if enacted, will help unions organise many more employees. The act will introduce stronger penalties for employers who violate labour rights.