Sunday, 27 September 2009

Fighting for labour rights at the local level

“Despite labour’s unprecedented campaign to put Obama in office, EFCA [legislation to remove barriers to union organising] remains on the legislative backburner – and the pan is beginning to burn,” Ashok Kumar and Joel Feingold write. They suggest the real fight for labour rights is now taking place in states and municipalities. Some have enacted legislation that will make it illegal for employers to punish workers who refuse to attend anti-union meetings; others have made it easier for workers to choose to be represented by a union. One example is San Francisco, where a union-friendly ordinance affecting hotels and restaurants was passed in the late 1990s. Since, union density in the sector has grown from 65% to 90%.
Photo: AFL-CIO

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