PETITION: Union Organizing as a Civil Right

The game is rigged and it is no accident.

Time and time again, Republicans have voted to deregulate Wall Street, cut taxes for the wealthy, and turn corporations into people. In return, anonymous SuperPACs pour billions into their campaign coffers.

If you’re part of the 1%, your voice gets heard in Washington. If you’re part of the 99% — watch your back. State by state, the anti-union movement has gone after teachers, police officers, firefighters and working class families.

As go unions, so go middle-class jobs. That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Employee Empowerment Act with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. This ground-breaking legislation will give workers the same legal options for union organizing discrimination as for other forms of discrimination — stopping anti-union forces in their tracks.

Will you join me, my friends at DFA, and Rep. John Lewis in becoming one of the first Americans to support our new bill establishing union organizing as a civil right? Click here to sign on as a citizen cosponsor.

Decades ago, unions and the civil rights movement marched arm in arm towards a common future — an America free of discrimination, with opportunity for all.

Today, workers still face numerous forms of discrimination and can be illegally fired for standing up for their rights. Workers can appeal, but the current process takes years. Companies have quickly learned to fire workers first and ask questions later.

We can’t sit back and hope for the best while union busters and the Supreme Court tear apart the foundation of the middle-class. We need to go on offense.

Union organizing is a civil right. Sign my YouPower petition and stand up for fair and just workplaces.

With your help, we can begin to fix a broken system. We can ensure that workers join together on the job without fear of unjust termination or a drawn-out and often ineffective process. Together we can rebuild and give voice to the middle-class.

Thank you for helping to take back our country,

- Keith

Rep. Keith Ellison

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