National tour led by former U.S. Congressman David Bonior travels to Atlanta, Austin, and Boston October 14-21
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October 13, 2005
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WHAT: WORKERS’ RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS TOUR
As part of its ongoing efforts to investigate and expose
workers’ rights abuses, and spotlight the inadequacies of U.S. labor
law, American Rights at Work will launch the first leg of its
nationwide “Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights Tour.” Former U.S. Congressman David Bonior
will lead a diverse delegation (see below) of international human
rights advocates, U.S. academics and civic, political and religious
leaders. Events in each city will uncover the violations of
international human rights standards that routinely occur with impunity
when workers engage in union organizing and collective bargaining.
WHEN: TOUR STOPS IN ATLANTA, AUSTIN, AND BOSTON OCTOBER 14-21
The delegation will visit: Atlanta (October 14-16), Austin (October 17-18), and Boston (October 19-21).
EVENTS: ACTIVITIES COORDINATED BY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Tour activities in each city, coordinated by a coalition of
local workers’ rights, human rights, and social justice organizations
Workers’ rights hearings that provide workers from different industries a forum to testify
about enduring termination, harassment, and surveillance during union organizing campaigns.
Briefings and forums with local students, and political, religious and community leaders.
Press conferences and demonstrations to highlight both hostile and progressive employers.
WHO: INT’L DELEGATION LED BY FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN DAVID BONIOR
Former U.S. Congressman and Democratic Whip David Bonior, who currently serves as Board Chair of American Rights at Work, the national workers’ rights advocacy organization coordinating the tour, will lead the delegation. Other members include:
Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi, former Vice-Minister for Human Rights and Democracy, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Véronique Marleau, ILO trainer; former member of the Canada Labour Relations Board
Maria Adela Mejía Perez, human rights activist and Guatemalan union organizer
Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris, National Jobs with Justice Workers’ Rights Board Member and civil rights leader
Allie Robbins, National Organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops
Professor Harley Shaiken, labor expert and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at University of California at Berkeley.
WHY: EVERY 23 MINUTES A WORKER IS FIRED OR PENALIZED FOR UNION SUPPORT
For Additional Information or to schedule a time to interview one of the tour delegates, please contact John Anthony at 202-288-5742, or via email at
Every day in the United States, employers use a combination of
legal and illegal methods to silence employees who exercise their
democratic rights to form unions. In fact, every 23 minutes a worker is illegally fired or penalized for their support of a union.
Moreover, 32 million farmworkers, domestic workers, temporary
employees, graduate research and teaching assistants, and others are
not protected under the law when they attempt to exercise their freedom
of association. This widespread violation of workers’ rights in America
defies U.S. law and universally recognized international human rights
standards protecting a worker’s right to form a union and collectively