Each year, millions of workers are subjected to unfair working conditions without adequate health care, pensions and benefits. Instead of sitting by, students have mobilized around the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a piece of legislation that would give workers a fair and direct path to form unions.
On April 26, students from campuses all over the United States will come together to hold a national call-in day to push local representatives and state senators to support the Employee Free Choice Act.
UC Santa Cruz activists have been working hard to educate students about the benefits of forming unions. According to Jobs with Justice, an organization created to help workers and allies engage in labor campaigns, young workers are about 17 percent more likely to have health insurance and about 24 percent more likely to have a substantial pension than those young workers who are not in unions.
Tomorrow, a group of dedicated students will gather in the Quarry Plaza to ask passersby to take a second to call Senator Dianne Feinstein, to put pressure on her to support the Employee Free Choice Act.
Despite Feinstein being a Democratic candidate, it does not appear as if she is willing to vote in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act. Many speculate her decision is due to the fact that she is funded by many large corporations who do not traditionally favor unionization.
Tabling will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quarry Plaza.
If you cannot make it on to campus but would like more information, you can visit the Jobs with Justice website or if you would like to call Senator Feinstein and pledge your support, you can call (415) 393-0707 to be connected to her San Francisco Office.
Website : http://www.jwj.org/