The Employee Free Choice Act would be the law of the land today if it weren't for the modern filibuster. In 2008, the bill making it easier to organize a union passed the House and had majority support in the Senate. But it was extremely easy for anti-worker senators to prevent a vote on the bill. All they had to do was to get 41 people to vote to continue debate. No one had to stand up and talk ... and talk ... and talk ... to kill a bill.
It wasn't just EFCA that got bottled up in the Senate. The House in 2008-09 passed 435 pieces of legislation, many of them helpful to working people. They weren't discussed for a second in the Senate because anti-worker extremists in the Senate easily prevented it.
In other words: The majority doesn't rule in the Senate any more.
Our brothers and sisters at the Communications Workers of America want to change that. Today is a call-in day to Fix the Filibuster. Call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your Senator to end silent filibusters.
The Teamsters are supporting the Fix the Senate Now proposal, which would require senators to actually stand up and talk -- the way Jimmy Stewart did in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
Here's what else the Fix the Senate Now proposal would do: