US Workers Honor International Human Rights Day

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December 10 marked the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Workers' rights are an integral component of that declaration, which reads in part, "everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association," and "everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests." Some 220 union leaders from more than 40 countries celebrated the anniversary by kicking off a historic global union summit, while US workers from across the country participated in events ranging from press conferences to picket lines. Some of these included:

* A coalition of nearly 30 community groups, union members, and elected officials in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted a press conference to emphasize the importance of maintaining and advancing workers rights. They were joined by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) in calling for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would give employees more freedom and flexibility in choosing to join a union. The act garnered support in Chicago, Illinois, as well, where several alderman announced that they will call for a passage of the act. The aldermen also asked healthcare providers such as Resurrection Health Care in Chicago, whose workers have been seeking a union for nearly five years, to respect workers' freedom to join unions. …