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Batter(s) Up For Employee Free Choice

Mark Teixiera supports the right of workers to organize free of employer intimidation and harassment.

Players in the MLB (and the NFL and the NBA) aren’t just on teams with each other. They also share a membership that transcends teams and that they maintain even as they get traded around the country: They’re union members.

Twelve members of the Major League Baseball Players Association have come forward to say that they want the union representation that they have to be more easily available to other workers, through the Employee Free Choice Act.

The players—Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Mark Teixeira, Heath Bell, Dave Bush, LaTroy Hawkins, Torii Hunter, John Lannan, Andrew Miller, J.J. Putz, Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright—said in a statement:

"All Americans should have the same opportunity we’ve had—to be able to join a union without being fired and to negotiate with their employers without being penalized. Today, our country is facing some tough times. Health care costs are skyrocketing. Families are losing homes. Savings and retirement income are disappearing overnight.

Now more than ever, we need a strong union movement to protect our jobs, our pensions, and our future. The Employee Free Choice Act simply guarantees a level playing field for all workers. It makes sure everyone plays by the same rules. That’s as important in the workplace as it is in baseball."

(Reprinted from Main Street, the Working America blog. Go to http://www.workingamerica.org/blog/)

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