SUPPORT THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT
STAND UP FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND PROTECT THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS!
Dear Screen Actors Guild member,
What may be the most important legislation for the workers in America was introduced Tuesday, March 10 in the U.S. House and Senate -- the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009. If you are thinking this may not be relevant to you as a professional actor, consider the time frame in which television, motion pictures, commercials and new media productions are made. There is often a very limited production schedule and cast and crew members are employed for days and weeks, not months. The current process to organize workers to form a union involves a lengthy and convoluted process. We believe this is by design, so that employers have a longer period of time to dissuade workers and sometimes even engage in scare tactics.
Your work product can be on movie, television and computer screens long before cast and crewmembers would ever get to exercise their right to achieve a collective bargaining agreement. Meanwhile, non-union actors take your jobs. We feel passage of the Employee Free Choice Act will empower Screen Actors Guild members to organize more work opportunities under your negotiated union contracts. The Employee Free Choice Act guarantees every America worker’s right to form or join a union by casting his or her SECRET BALLOT vote in a timely fashion.
The text of the bill is exactly the same as it was in the 110th Congress, when it passed the House but stalled in the Senate. At introduction, the bill currently has 223 co-sponsors in the House (only 218 are needed for passage in the 435 member House), and 40 co-sponsors in the Senate.
Since the House has the requisite number of co-sponsors needed to pass the bill, and it is a priority for the Obama Administration, the battle to pass the Employee Free Choice Act may come down to a single vote in the United States Senate. Consequently, every Senate supporter not currently on board will be critical.
The timing on movement of the bill is unclear at this point. The Senate will vote first, with a summary House vote directly thereafter. Senate Leadership is aiming for just before or just after the Easter recess. However, it is important to let your Senator hear your voice on this issue now, in the days after the bill’s introduction.
Below we have set forth the key Senators on this vote. If you live in one of the states identified, please contact the Senator listed and urge that they pass this bill. Explain that you are a proud member of Screen Actors Guild and that this bill is critical to protect the rights of all workers to choose a union and you urge them to VOTE YES.
|Alaska||Senator Murkowski||(202) 224-6665|
|Arkansas||Senator Blanche Lincoln||(202) 224-4843|
|Senator Mark Pryor||(202) 224-2353|
|California||Senator Diane Feinstein||(202) 224-3841|
|Colorado||Senator Mark Udall||(202) 224-5941|
|Senator Michael Bennett||(202) 224-5852|
|Louisiana||Senator Mary Landrieu||(202) 224-5824|
|Maine||Senator Olympia Snowe||(202) 224-5344|
|North Dakota||Senator Byron Dorgan||(202) 224-2152|
|Senator Kent Conrad||(202) 224-2043|
|Pennsylvania||Senator Specter||(202) 244-4254|
|Nebraska||Senator Ben Nelson||(202) 224-6551|
|Virginia||Senator Jim Webb||(202) 224-4024|
|Senator John Warner||(202) 224-2033|
|Illinois||Senator Roland Burriss||(202) 224-2854|
|Indiana||Senator Evan Bayh||(202) 224-5623|
|Missouri||Senator Claire McCaskill||(202) 224-6154|
|Montana||Senator Max Baucus||(202) 224-2651|
|Senator John Tester||(202) 224-2644|
|North Carolina||Senator Kay Hagan||(202) 224-6342|
|New Mexico||Senator Jeff Bingaman||(202) 224-5521|
|Wisconsin||Senator Herb Kohl||(202) 224-5653|
|Florida||Senator Bill Nelson||(202) 224-5274|
|Delaware||Senator Tom Carper||(202) 224-2441|