When he was campaigning last year, President Barack Obama stated he is supporter of organized labor and feels people should be given a fair wage for the job they perform.
In all fairness, Obama was left a huge mess courtesy of the Bush-Cheney administration. But the fact remains, labor put boots on the ground in support of Obama and now it's time to deliver.
The Employee Free Choice Act was discussed at the "Salute to Labor" in Chicago on June 6. Ed Schultz, of MSNBC and local Chicago radio host Dick Kay manned the microphones during the live radio event, broadcast over WCPT radio.
The EFCA is important because it will enable working men and women to organize and form unions to fight back against the greedy people that have slowly but surely, eroded the work force in the United States over the last forty years.
While I along with Schultz and the many others attending the live broadcast, support the passage of such a bill, there are also many who do not.
Big corporations (are you shopping at Wal Mart?) and greedy CEOs loathe this becoming a bill in Congress. Should it pass and move to President Obama's desk... it would become reality and the playing field would finally be level for workers.
Working people have been shunned for too long in this nation and have been asked to give back in concessions during contract negotiations.
How about the other side of the fence?
Why should a working person be asked to give up things while at the same time having to pay the bailouts to Wall Street slime bags and greedy corporate CEOs? They are the ones who created this financial crisis we are currently in.
The time has come for everybody to give back, not just the workers.
In Chicago, Mayor Daley continues to follow the George W. Bush plan and privatize (Lord, how I hate that word) nearly everything in his sights.
When Daley's name was brought up during the radio show, there were many groans and some booing pervading in the audience. There's good reason for this.
Ask an average American tax payer how privatization and outsourcing (key components of the assinine trade agreements the U.S. entered into) have been working for them.
On the other hand, the mega corporations have thrived under these plans. Especially with the tax breaks granted them by Dubya.
If Congress has any stones, they will introduce and then enact a plan for the Employee Free Choice Act in the near future.
American people need this.
After all, Senators and House reps, we the people, VOTED your butts into office.
Now it's time for you all to get busy and do something for the American people and stop sucking up to the corporations, insurance companies, big pharma and especially big oil.
They had their time and in the words of Barack Obama now it is "our time."