Protect Workers' Rights to Organize

Resolution Number SAC09.59

Protect Workers' Rights to Organize

WHEREAS, in the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the United States Congress declared it be the policy of the United States to encourage the practice of collective bargaining by protecting the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization and designation of representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection; and

WHEREAS, while the National Labor Relations Act was designed to protect and encourage collective bargaining, in reality workers are routinely denied that freedom through harassment, coercion, and intimidation including termination; and

WHEREAS,
the systematic denial of workers’ freedom to form and join unions and bargain collectively with their employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions has contributed to the shrinking of America’s middle-class and a generation-long stagnation of wages;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party urges the Congress of the United States to enact federal legislation that would protect and preserve the freedom of America's workers to organize and join unions by establishing meaningful penalties for violations of a worker's right to join a union, authorizing the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union by majority sign-up and providing for first contract mediation and arbitration; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,
that the California Democratic Party transmit copies of this resolution to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to each Democratic Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.

Submitted by Tom Aja, Labor Caucus Treasurer, and Jim Gordon, Labor Caucus Chair
Sponsored by Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Diego,
San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo Counties

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Adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee of California
AKA "California Democratic Party"
At its Annual State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2009

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