15,000 of us got heard at the NLRB today, at once!
Earlier today I had the incredible experience of hand-delivering a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting the Board's proposed rules to modernize the union election process. The incredible part was that the letter was co-signed by 15,000 workers and activists.
The NLRB's small step forward for working people, everyone knew, would be met with fierce opposition. To counter the fast-moving big corporations and their favorite politicians dominating the press (at least for a day or so), an online mobilization was stepped up a notch. A web page with a letter and sign up form was published to my union's website, the url was then sent to just about every online activist I could think of. Letters were sent to the union's lists, UnionReview's lists and, in time, it spread. And the end goal to deliver a letter co-signed by as many workers as possible during the open public comment sessions happened ... today!
When I told NLRB Executive Secretary Lester A. Heltzer that he was holding a letter signed by more than 15,000 workers and worker activists who support the proposed rule change, he was impressed, saying the action was "definitely a first."
Aside from UnionReview.com and the union's web presence, Facebook, Twitter, Stumble and then Google+ -- all of the networks were dialed in to provide a knowledge-transfer, engage with one another, and move to a fairly low-bar ask of co-signing the letter "if you agree with what it says."
For decades, the federal government has allowed big corporations to litigate workers' efforts to death when we try to form a union and get a leg up in supporting our families. Unfortunately, irresponsible companies typically delay our elections and frequently retaliate against anyone working to form a union. During organizing campaigns, more than one-third of employers fire pro-union workers, even though it is our legal right to form or join a union. This is information that rarely, if ever, will make it to the front page of any mainstream media -- and validation of why working people need to take matters in our hands and BECOME our own media!
At the end of the day, the NLRB proposed rule change is a modest step toward allowing workers to vote in free and fair elections, without fear of intimidation or losing their jobs. Greedy corporations and their puppet politicians are fighting this rule change because they want to keep the status quo that is making them rich - but how much longer will we let them hold us back from out legal right to organize?
According to the 15,000 people who co-signed the letter, not anymore!
Regardless of how this NLRB fight ends up, today was a definite victory for workers and activists getting their voices heard -- at the same time.
Here is the cover letter to Executive Secretary Lester Heltzer that I had the honor of signing on behalf myself and some 14,999 others who believe enough is enough.
Subscribe to UnionReview Email: Visit this group