Bryan Reddix: Author Archive

Celebrate MLK Day by fighting for his dream

On Monday we will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the famed leader of the civil rights era. Dr. King was an advocate for civil rights both inside and outside the workplace. Read more »

 

“Right-to-work” battle begins in Indiana

Once again, corporate-backed politicians are attacking workers’ rights. This week, joint Indiana House and Senate committees will hold a hearing on the “right-to-work” bill proposed by Governor Mitch Daniels (R). If this bill passes, Indiana would become the first “right-to-work” state in an area considered to be the country’s manufacturing belt.  The bill explicitly targets labor unions and seeks to damage their collective bargaining powers. Read more »

 

IKEA workers begin building a better workplace

In July, we reported that employees at IKEA’s Swedwood plant in Danville, Virginia voted overwhelmingly to become part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). Swedwood employees were spurred to organize after facing pay cuts, mandatory overtime, racial discrimination, and dangerous conditions on the job—in extreme contrast(link) to working conditions in IKEA’s plants in Sweden. Upon hearing about the situation at Swedwood, American Rights at Work activists responded by sending IKEA’s CEO more than 22,000 letters asking him to stop intimidating employees and allow them a fair chance to form a union. Read more »

 

On International Human Rights Day, Durham School Services falls short

This past Saturday, we at American Rights at Work celebrated International Human Rights day. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. The UDHR represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. Read more »

 

“Take Back the Capitol” ratchets up inTENTsity of D.C. protests

This week the 99 percent took over Washington, DC. With 13.3 million workers in the U.S. still unemployed and income inequality at its highest level since the 1920s, several labor unions and advocacy organizations – including SEIU and USAction – rallied more than 3,000 Americans for their “Take Back the Capitol” action.  From December 5–9, unemployed and underemployed Americans from coast-to coast joined together for lobby visits to Congress, teach-ins, rallies and more. At night, many activists crashed at “The People’s Camp” – a tent city located on the Washington Mall near the Capitol Building. Read more »

 

An exciting week for workers’ rights

What an exciting week for workers’ rights!

First off, in New Hampshire, a bipartisan group of legislators rejected the attempts of anti-worker lawmakers to achieve the two-thirds majority required to overturn Gov. John Lynch’s veto of  “right to work.” As we’ve said time and time again, “right-to-work” is a thinly-veiled attempt at limiting the rights of workers, offering no rights and no work. Read more »

 

A Union-Made Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to break bread with your loved ones and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for. At least that’s how the movies portray it. In my house, Thanksgiving is about watching football and adding inches to your waistline. So instead of going the traditional Hallmark route, today’s blog will talk about how you can line the dining room table with a cornucopia (pun intended) of union-made deliciousness. Read more »

 

Celebrating American Education Week with Partnerships in Education: Delaware Elementary School

Today we conclude American Education Week by featuring Delaware Elementary School, a school profiled in our Partnerships in Education report, which has worked collaboratively with its teachers’ union to create programs that improve the school’s performance. Read more »

 

Celebrating American Education Week with Partnerships in Education: Charlotte County Public Schools

Today we continue our support of American Education Week by featuring Charlotte County Public Schools – a school district profiled in our Partnerships in Education report that has worked collaboratively with its teachers’ union to transform the lower-income district into one characterized by strong student achievement. Read more »

 

Celebrating American Education Week with Partnerships in Education: Putnam City West High School

Today we continue our support of American Education Week by featuring Putnam City West High School – a school profiled in our Partnerships in Education report that has worked collaboratively with its teachers’ union to create a model for Oklahoma schools to drive school improvement and close achievement gaps. Read more »