Tags: Human rights

Indiana Dems Block GOP Right-to-Work Proposal

Thu. March 31, 2011
Indiana House Democrats are back at work after a five-week boycott to protest a Republican effort to pass Right-to-Work (for less) legislation, a permanent ban on collective bargaining rights for state workers and several proposed educational reforms.

Gruber Rallies for Public-Sector Workers in Wisconsin

Thu. March 24, 2011
IAM Midwest Territory GVP Phil Gruber, along with a delegation of IAM members, joined others in Madison, WI, to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation to strip public-sector workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Gruber Rallies for Public-Sector Workers in Wisconsin

Thu. March 24, 2011
IAM Midwest Territory GVP Phil Gruber, along with a delegation of IAM members, joined others in Madison, WI, to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation to strip public-sector workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Tennessee Members Rally for Teachers’ Rights

Thu. March 17, 2011
IAM members across the country are showing their support and solidarity for public sector workers in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan while gearing up for battles against similar anti-union legislation in their own states.

Plan Now for April 4 Solidarity Events

Thu. March 17, 2011
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.

Join in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and dozens of other states where well-funded, right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for. Click here for more information and to find an event in your area.

Hero’s Welcome for Wisconsin 14

Tue. March 15, 2011
More than 185,000 union members and supporters gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to deliver a full-throated welcome home for the 14 state senators whose self-imposed exile stalled GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to pass a bill outlawing collective bargaining for nearly all of Wisconsin’s public-sector employees.

GOP Senators Introduce National Anti-union Law

Tue. March 15, 2011

In a continuation of the coordinated attack on working families and their right to bargain collectively, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), along with seven other GOP members of the U.S. Senate, introduced national “right-to-work” legislation. Original co-sponsors include Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and David Vitter (R-LA).

VETERANS SAY REPUBLICAN END-AROUND ON UNION BUSTING IS GROUNDS FOR RECALL

Thu. March 10, 2011
Madison, WI – The national veterans group, VoteVets.org, says that passage of the union-busting bill just passed by the Senate is grounds for a voter recall of those in the body who supported the bill.  The group has made the point that the legislation hurts veterans in Wisconsin, many of whom are affected union members, and many more who rely on the state employees who work in veterans’ services.

Machinists President Responds to GOP War on Middle Class

Thu. March 10, 2011
The following is a statement from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) President Tom Buffenbarger in response to the move by the Wisconsin state Senate to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights:

“Last night in Wisconsin, legislative process trumped democratic principles. Republican Senators voted 18 to 1 to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. It is a Pyrrhic victory and one the GOP will regret.

Must Read Highlights of Wisconsin Republican Attack on Collective Bargaining Rights

Thu. March 10, 2011
The nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Capital ended last night as the Wisconsin Senate rammed through legislation stripping nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers . As the Senate requires a quorum to take up any measure to spend money, the Republicans found a way to bypass that requirement - and the Democrats who fled to Illinois - by removing all spending measures from the bill.

Click here for the must read summary of the Conference Substitute Amendment to Assembly Bill 11.

Wisconsin Solidarity in Black and White

Tue. March 08, 2011
In a show of support for union members fighting for their rights in Wisconsin, the IAM joined with the United Steelworkers in publishing full-page ads in the Wisconsin State Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers.

The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

Mon. March 07, 2011
The battle between Republicans and labor unions in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states is ostensibly about public workers' pay, benefits and bargaining rights. What is really at stake, however, isn't labor's income. It's labor's influence - not just in the American workplace but in American politics.

The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

Mon. March 07, 2011
The battle between Republicans and labor unions in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states is ostensibly about public workers' pay, benefits and bargaining rights. What is really at stake, however, isn't labor's income. It's labor's influence - not just in the American workplace but in American politics.

Feeding the Heart and Soul

Wed. February 02, 2011
February 2, 2011 - This year nearly 500 men and women of labor gathered in Cincinnati to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Plan Now to Attend 2011 Int’l Human Rights Conference

Thu. January 06, 2011
The IAM will host the 2011 International Human Rights Conference September 1 - 5 at the Buena Vista Palace in the Walt Disney Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL. The event will highlight the importance of diversity in the house of labor and will include the concerns of women activists, human rights activists, younger workers and community services activists.

A Day "On"

Tue. January 26, 2010
January 26, 2010 - Many union members won't take a day off like the Martin Luther King holiday.  Rather, a lot of them take a day on...volunteering and giving back to those communities that have given them so much.

They Sat, So We Could Stand

Fri. January 22, 2010
January 22, 2010 - Nearly 50 years ago in Greensboro, North Carolina, a movement began that changed America.  Forever linking together the Civil Rights and Labor Movements.

‘They Sat, So that We Could Stand’

Tue. January 19, 2010
Three of the four college students who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, on February 1, 1960, returned to that city last week as living legends of the civil rights movement and guests of honor at the 2010 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.

‘They Sat, So that We Could Stand’

Tue. January 19, 2010
Three of the four college students who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, on February 1, 1960, returned to that city last week as living legends of the civil rights movement and guests of honor at the 2010 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.

Sit-In Heroes Returning to Greensboro

Tue. January 12, 2010
Three of the four students who faced extraordinary abuse and harassment in 1960 when they sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, will return to the city as guests of honor when the AFL-CIO holds its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.

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