From the Oregon AFL-CIO's weekly newsletter, there's news that Senator John Edwards took time out from his presidential campaign to study and endorse HB 2891, currently under consideration by the Oregon legislature. The bill, sometimes known as "card check", would let workers create a union when a majority of workers have signed cards saying they want to do that.
We’ve long known that our Majority Sign-Up bill was a good idea for Oregon workers. Today it also has the backing of Sen. John Edwards, who was in Oregon last week as he campaigned for President.
In a letter to Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, Sen. Edwards wrote:HB 2891 would allow public sector workers in Oregon to form a union and bargain collectively if a majority of workers sign cards expressing that desire. I am convinced that if individuals can join the Republican or Democratic Parties by simply signing their names to a card, any worker in America ought to be able to join a union by doing exactly the same thing.
By protecting a worker’s right to join a union, we give more Americans the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and into the middle class, which is why I have been all over this country the past few years working with over 20 national unions organizing thousands of workers into unions.
Learn more at the Oregon AFL-CIO website.