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Unions march for worker organization legislation

February 5, 2009 | 11:32 am


Hundreds of union members have begun marching from downtown Los Angles to Westwood to rally support for the Employee Free Choice Act, proposed legislation that would make it easier to organize workers.

Me1_kelzeznc The march began about 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor office near MacArthur Park and is expected to continue along Wilshire Boulevard, with three short stops before reaching the federal building in Westwood at 5 p.m.

Olympic Boulevard was closed this morning for the first three miles of the march. For the rest of the route, police and traffic officials will determine whether to direct marchers onto sidewalks or continue to close roads, organizers said.

The Employee Free Choice Act would require employers to recognize a union once a majority of workers signed membership cards, in what is known as a card-check system.

Typically, companies exercise their right to require an employee election organized by the National Labor Relations Board.

-- Evelyn Larrubia

Photo credt: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times