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New website for Employee Free Choice

The Indiana AFL-CIO now has a great website devoted to the Employee Free Choice Act which is before both houses of Congress and would level the playing field for workers when it comes to joining a union.

The URL for this web site can be found here with new articles daily.

A couple days ago, a neighbor of mine asked, "if workers organize a union, will the company move out of town?" An interesting article from this new website provides the following briefing paper from the Economic Policy Institute titled, "STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Unionization Has No Causal Effect on Firm Closures" which you can get here.

Released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Still Open for Business looks at research over the past two decades into union membership, wages and firm survival and finds that there’s no evidence to suggest that firms where workers have a union are more likely to go out of business than any other firm.

This research provides evidence that this causal effect of union recognition is zero….In short, the biggest fear voiced by employer groups regarding unionization—that it will inevitably drive them out of business—has no evidentiary basis.

Oh yeah, one more thing:

A striking concession today from the hard-right, corporate-friendly editorial board of the Wall Street Journal admits that the Employee Free Choice Act doesn’t remove the secret ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act….
I think that puts to rest the lie that appeared in the South Bend Tribune a few weeks ago and written by the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donahue.

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