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Why We Are Honoring Maina Kiai: Defending the Freedom of Association Is Central to Upholding Human Rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day—at a time when human, labor and civil rights are under attack in the United States and globally—it is critical that workers are empowered to speak up and act out for justice. Human rights at work only can be defended when the fundamental right to freedom of association is respected and workers can organize for change.
 
That’s why, next week, the AFL-CIO will present the annual 2016 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to Maina Kiai, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

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Everyone Has Value: We Celebrate International Human Rights Day

Everyone Has Value: We Celebrate International Human Rights Day

Everyone has value. 

On International Human Rights Day, we reflect on our core values as a movement of working people. As stated in our Constitution Preamble:

We resolve to fulfill the yearning of the human spirit for liberty, justice and community; to advance individual and associational freedom; to vanquish ­oppression, privation and cruelty in all their forms; and to join with all persons, of whatever nationality or faith, who cherish the cause of democracy and the call of solidarity, to grace the planet with these achievements.

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Working People Unite: ‘I'm with Chuck’

Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America)

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

Chuck Jones is a man of passion, conviction and integrity who would do anything for his union brothers and sisters. USW President Leo W. Gerard is exactly right—Chuck is a hero. An attack on him is an attack on all working people.

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Native American Heritage Month: Will You Help?

Native American Heritage Month: Will You Help?

Audre Lorde famously concluded that “there is no hierarchy of oppression.” Yet, disenfranchised groups and social justice movements often compete against each other over who is more oppressed. They compete for resources, media attention or simply for a seat at the table. This competition often does more harm to these communities than good and only draws away from the important issues of representation.

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D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Rules

The Council of the District of Columbia not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of family and medical leave benefits.

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