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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-08 03:10 PM
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9. Please educate yourself about the Employee Free Choice Act - especially who supports and opposes
Edited on Fri Nov-28-08 03:13 PM by kenzee13
If you can find any reason to believe those who oppose it have the best interests of workers at heart, I'd sure like to hear it.

Left menu on this page for sources: /


be sure to click on "Organizations."


be sure to click on "anti-union network" which takes you here: /

Then click on "Hot topics/anti-union network" which takes you here: /

Lots of good information there, including this, which really tells you all you need to know:

Anti-Union Groups Spending Millions Against Employee Free Choice Act
July 31, 2008
Right-wing anti-union groups are pouring tens of millions of dollars into an effort to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act. Front groups plan to spend upwards of $120 million on misleading advertising against pro-worker Congressional candidates in the 2008 elections.

According to reports, several anti-union front groups plan to collectively spend almost $100 million in the next year against the bill and those who support it. The breakdown is as follows (from the National Journal):

Chamber of Commerce: $20-30 million
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace: $30 million
Employee Freedom Action Committee: $30 million
Freedom's Watch: $30 million (from one anti-union contributor)
Center for Union Facts: unknown, but in the millions
Sheldon Adelsona major right-wing billionaire and fundraiserrecently called the Employee Free Choice Act "one of the fundamental threats to society"the other being radical Islam. Adelson is vehemently anti-union, and put up $30 million of his own money into Freedom's Watch, a conservative advocacy group, as part of an effort take on Congressional candidates in 2008.

But the Employee Free Choice Act just isn't a cause for anti-union entities to spend money. Republican Senate leadership is trying to use the bill to drum up major contributions: "Its our No. 1 issue to raise money on," said Senator John Ensign (R-NV), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

During the election, these groups were running expensive ads in at least some swing states, trying to garnar Republican wins. They did not have much success.

Evidently, workers have some doubts as to why the very same entities that fight like hell to keep workers' wages low, their benefits non-existent, their working conditions both oppressive and unsafe, would suddenly have such tender concern for them.

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