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|American Rights at Work Honors Investment Firm, Artists, and Wireless Provider|
WASHINGTON, DC—From Hollywood to Wall Street and onto the nation’s capital, a diverse network of leaders is embracing workers’ rights as a key element of their vision for democracy, social justice, and human rights. Tonight, workers’ rights advocacy group American Rights at Work recognizes five such individuals and organizations for their actions as outspoken artists and activists, fair employers, and responsible investors at its second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards ceremony.
Honored this year are actor Danny Glover, investment firm Walden Asset Management, telecommunications leader Cingular Wireless, and musician Tom Morello. Writer Studs Terkel will receive a lifetime achievement award. Hosted by actress-comedienne (“Selena”) Jackie Guerra, the award ceremony will also feature remarks by American Rights at Work Board member Senator John Edwards and Board Chair David Bonior.
“People come together to organize unions as a means to create good working conditions and to improve the future for America’s working families. It’s encouraging to see the breadth of support for workers’ rights from activists, elected leaders, workers and more and more of their employers,” said David Bonior, chair of American Rights at Work. “When companies, like Cingular and Walden Asset Management, take the high road on workers’ rights, we all benefit.”
“The Communications Workers of America is an important strategic partner for Cingular," said Rick Bradley, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Cingular Wireless. “We share mutual goals and values, enabling us to continue operating successfully in a very competitive environment.”
“What brings workers together can be a belief, a hope of improving the climate and community at work – the spaces where so many of us spend so much of our lives,” said Studs Terkel. “Respect on the job and a voice at the workplace shouldn’t be something Americans have to work overtime to achieve.”
“How employers manage health and safety in the workplace or how labor rights are respected are issues important for employees and investors alike. Companies can, and should, do good right alongside doing well,” said Tim Smith, Senior Vice President of Walden Asset Management.
“Working people support all of us. From the baggage handlers at the airports to the ticket sellers at the theatres, everyone deserves dignity on the job. Communities all across the country are attempting to realize that dream through organizing. I am honored to support them in their struggle,” said acclaimed actor Danny Glover.
“Music and the arts feed our souls, but a decent wage puts food on the table,” said musician and activist Tom Morello. “Musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations are a potent force to fight for social justice.”
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American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers.