Campaign for Worker Rights

If given the chance, almost half of working Americans would join a union tomorrow according to a recent major poll. If so many workers are willing to join a union, why can't they? The simple answer is that the laws passed to protect workers' rights have been corrupted into laws that destroy workers rights.

In the workplace, we find that our freedoms of speech, assembly, and association have been stolen away by private interests. We are denied these rights that are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights!

The current body of labor law does not protect workers and cannot be fixed. All existing laws - including the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act and the patchwork of laws and regulations governing public sector and agricultural workers - start from the premise that workers are less than human; that they must give up their constitutional rights when they enter the workplace. These laws subordinate worker rights to property rights. And this has subordinated workers to their employers.

The Campaign for Worker Rights brings the Bill of Rights to the workplace. The rights to organize, bargain, strike, and act in solidarity with one another is an inalienable right grounded in the First and Thirteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These rights are widely recognized as human rights by numerous international conventions. Without these basic rights, working people are deprived of the capacity to defend and promote their interests in the face of overwhelming corporate and government power.

Toward a New Labor Law
A Proposal by Jim Pope, Peter Kellman and Ed Bruno
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Saving the Right to Organize: Substituting the Thirteenth Amendment for the Wagner Act
Mark Dudzic assesses labor's recent strategies to overcome restrictions on labor's ability to organize and to bargain effectively. Click here for the article as well as responses by Larry Cohen and Joshua B. Freeman.

The Campaign for Worker Rights is a project of the LABORPARTY and the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute