A strong and prosperous Middle Class is key to rebuilding America's economy. And passing the Employee Free Choice Act is key to helping working families, the New York Times writes in a new editorial, which you can download here, or read on their Web site. The editorial calls on the new Congress and President-Elect Obama to take up the proposal, which would ensure that workers have a fair chance at forming a union and organizing for a better life.
Here's what the Times writes, in part:
"The measure is vital legislation and should not be postponed. Even modest increases in the share of the unionized labor force push wages upward, because nonunion workplaces must keep up with unionized ones that collectively bargain for increases. By giving employees a bigger say in compensation issues, unions also help to establish corporate norms, the absence of which has contributed to unjustifiable disparities between executive pay and rank-and-file pay.
The argument against unions... is one that corporate America makes in good times and bad, so the recession by itself is not an excuse to avoid pushing the bill next year. The real issue is whether enhanced unionizing would worsen the recession, and there is no evidence that it would."