for Worker Rights
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.
a New Labor Law
Proposal by Jim Pope, Peter Kellman and Ed Bruno
... click here to download
the Right to Organize: Substituting the Thirteenth Amendment for the
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