[mgj-discuss] ACTION ALERT: Human Rights Now!
basav at igc.org
basav at igc.org
Thu Dec 1 20:15:33 GMT 2005
From: Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO streetheat at dclabor.org
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 11:01:39 GMT
To: Basav at igc.org
Subject: ACTION ALERT: Human Rights Now!
Next Thursday, we'll present a petition to the White House
demanding the Bush administration abide by the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and restore the freedom to form
unions and bargain collectively: please add your voice by
signing on now!
Thousands of activists here in Washington will rally and march
on the White House on Thursday, December 8 as part of a
nationwide mobilization next week commemorating International
Human Rights Day. Please join us online by signing the petition
and then join us on the line next Thursday as we march to the
White House to deliver the petition signed by tens of thousands
Sign this petition either via email (please see directions
below) or via the web at:
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
We encourage you to take action by December 31, 2006
ACTION ALERT: Human Rights Now!
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America's working families are suffering. Job loss and poverty
are going up, while paychecks, pensions and health care benefits
are dwindling. These problems are the direct result of an attack
on a basic human right: the freedom to form unions and bargain
More than 50 years ago, the United Nations included the freedom
to form a union among fundamental human rights in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. But the Bush administration and
leaders in Congress have aligned themselves with corporate
special interests to promote policies that erode workers'
rights. The Bush administration, in fact, is fighting to strip
collective bargaining rights from hundreds of thousands of
Fifty-seven million workers in America say they would join a
union now if they could. Employers routinely block workers'
efforts to join together in unions, and America's labor laws are
too weak to protect this basic right. Human Rights Watch has
flagged the denial of workers' freedom to form unions in the
United States as a serious human rights issue.
Violations of the Declaration of Human Rights threaten the
lives, rights and welfare of millions in the United States and
around the world. The abuse of human rights by our government
and employers undermines America's international moral standing
and our democracy.
Therefore, as we approach International Human Rights Day on Dec.
10, we the undersigned call on President George W. Bush to
re-establish the United States as the world's leader in
protecting human rights, including the freedom of all citizens
of the world to form and join unions. We also call on the U.S.
Congress to adopt the Employee Free Choice Act, which would help
restore U.S. workers' rights to freely choose to form unions and
bargain fair contracts.
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