WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) issued the following statement today after the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate:
“Today, Chairman Miller and Senators Kennedy and Harkin introduced legislation to give hard-working Americans the tools they need to secure fair wages and treatment at their jobs.
“The right to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and policies in the workplace is a valued American freedom made possible through the struggles of workers to ensure the prosperity of future generations.
“The Employee Free Choice Act seeks to preserve that right by putting the decision of how to form a union back in the hands of workers, instead of their employers'. Whether employees choose to unionize by election or majority sign-up, this bill will make both options viable.
“Employees deserve a fair choice, not a false choice, when it comes to their rights in the workplace and on matters that affect their livelihoods and their futures. Restoring employee choice is an important priority for this Congress and one we will look to act on quickly.”