Saturday, May 16, 2009

Labor brings fight for EFCA to Indiana

Free Choice Act touted by visiting AFL-CIO leader
Rally held at Labor Temple
By Garret Mathews
Evansville Courier and Press

EVANSVILLE — The special assistant to the president of the AFL-CIO came to Evansville Thursday to push for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act that he said "will stimulate the middle class by restoring the freedom of unions to bargain collectively."

Stewart Acuff led a brief rally at the Labor Temple before encouraging workers to write Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, urging him to support the legislation.

Acuff, 54, said the measure was first proposed in 2003 where it passed the House, but failed to earn Senate approval.

"We knew it would take time and education to build awareness and support. We wanted to be prepared when the time was right."

Acuff said the chances of the bill passing this year are "excellent."

"Barack Obama was one of the co-sponsors when it reached the Senate. He's spoken favorably about the bill since becoming president. It's something he considers a priority."

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