On April 4,1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he was supporting sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.
Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It's the demand of all people—black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 10:20pm - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:20pm
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Join us in planning how to raise standards for workers amidst an economic crisis and celebrate 15 years of fighting for workers rights. IWJ’s 2011 National Conference at DePaul University in Chicago will bring together religious, community, labor and business leaders, faculty and students, low-wage workers, government professionals and members of the legal community to connect with one another and reclaim justice for working people.
The Iowa House of Representatives is holding a public hearing on House Study Bill (HSB) 117 on Monday March 7, 2011. This bill is the Wisconsin-style attack on the public sector bargaining laws in Iowa. We need to have members, allies and concerned Iowans turn out to support public workers.
Enough is enough. Governor Branstad and other lawmakers were elected to create good jobs that raise the bar for all workers, not attack Iowa’s working families with anti-worker legislation.
HB 474, relative to freedom of choice on whether to join a labor union,was approved in both House and Senate by wide margins, and was vetoed by Gov. Lynch. This proposal is commonly named “Right To Work” and more accurately called “Right to Work for Less.” It represents an attack on organized labor and does nothing to provide jobs.
Workers’ Republic, a film by Andrew Friend, documents the heroic struggle of a group of ordinary working people to defend their rights. For six days in December of 2008, laid -off Chicago factory workers at Republic Windows took over their closing workplace, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance they were owed.
On August 19, 2010 at the Texas State Employees Union premises in Austin, Ann Lewis, Judith Rosenberg and Josefina Castillo reported on their experiences at the U.S. Social Forum held in Detroit in June. Judith and Josefina are key organizers with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, originally an AFSC program now becoming independent.
This video is a ZGraphix production, produced by Jeff Zavala.
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