Labor scored a rare victory in Washington last week. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it easier for workers to form a union. The Employee Free Choice Act would enable workers to unionize once a majority of workers have signed cards indicating their support. Under current law, companies have the right to insist that workers hold a secret ballot vote first.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House Bill 800 the most important labor law reform legislation of this generation. But Senate Republicans have pledged to fight it; and the White House says President Bush would veto it if it passed.
We'll hear from a labor leader on why unions see this law as vital to rebuilding unions and bolstering the nation's middle class.
CEO of San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council