Obama: Strengthening Workers' Rights to Organize Shouldn't be Controversial
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today released the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which would give recognition to a union once a majority of workers sign up:
"Many middle class workers in Illinois and throughout the nation are losing their jobs to workers overseas who lack fair pay and benefits. In today's global economy, with new risks and new rules, helping American workers compete and protecting their basic rights to healthcare coverage, retirement benefits, and safe working conditions must be a priority."
"I am disappointed the Senate failed to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. Strengthening our workers' right to organize shouldn't be controversial. It will be working Americans, united and organized, that will help us restore a sense of shared prosperity and security to this nation."