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The Employee Free Choice Act 101

What is the Employee Free Choice Act? Why do we need it? David Madland and Karla Walter explain and fact check conservative claims.

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The freedom to form a union is a democratic right that is under attack. Too many workers are prevented from freely choosing to band together in a union to bargain collectively with their employer on workplace issues.

More than half of all workers in the United States say they would vote to join a union if they could, but union membership in the private sector is less than 8 percent today—down from one-third of private sector workers in the middle of the 20th century—because existing laws make forming a union a Herculean task that few want to undertake.

The Employee Free Choice Act is a sensible reform that would protect workers’ right to join together in unions and make it harder for management to threaten workers seeking to organize a union, but conservatives are waging war against the bill.

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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project

Karla Walter

Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy