By Seth Michaels, AFL-CIO
These scholars are putting their support for the Employee Free Choice Act and workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain into action by speaking out in public through symposia, teach-ins, public rallies and letters to elected officials and the media, from Colorado to Indiana to Wisconsin to Nebraska.
The academics who support Employee Free Choice are a diverse group, spanning a range of disciplines, and include Nobel Prize-winning economists, historians and business school professors. Authored by historian David Brody, the letter addresses the need for the Employee Free Choice Act from this broad array of fields of study. These scholars, Brody says, know what the freedom to form unions and bargain means for individual workers, communities, workplace democracy, the economy and human rights. As the scholars say in the letter:
[W]e understand the importance of a strong, independent and democratic labor movement as a counterweight against excessive corporate power and a bulwark of social inclusion and political participation.
These scholars represent yet another critical addition to the broad coalition in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. At this critical time for workers, the lessons of history, economics and the social sciences point to the need for workers to have the freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life. The time is now.