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UMWA President Roberts statement on Senate Vote on the Employee Free Choice Act

June 26, 2007

"The vote by a majority of United States Senators in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act today demonstrates the strength of the growing movement to restore American working families' rights in the face of decades of attacks by corporate special interests and their political allies.

"Though the legislation did not succeed in meeting the 60-vote threshold needed to advance in the Senate, the fact that 51 Senators voted for it speaks volumes about how far we have progressed in this fight.

"A majority of both houses of Congress has now recognized that this legislation is critical to the ability of working families to achieve the American dream through earning the kind of fair wages, decent benefits and safe workplaces that can only be won with a union contract.

"I commend those senators who voted in favor of this bill today, and I want them to know the UMWA will remember this vote. They have earned our gratitude and support.

"Those who voted today to deny working men and women the ability to decide for themselves whether or not they want a union where they work also voted to allow the atmosphere of corporate-sponsored fear and intimidation so prevalent in union representation elections to continue. I want them to know that we will remember their vote, too. The next round of this fight for justice starts today, and will continue at least until Nov. 4, 2008. We will keep fighting until we win."

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