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News :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing
Nationwide Tour To Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Mass Workplaces
19 Oct 2005
International labor and human rights activists will visit Boston, Cambridge, Worcester and New Bedford on October 20 and 21 to investigate human rights abuses in Massachusetts workplaces.
Every 23 minutes a worker is illegally fired or penalized for their support of a union. Moreover, 32 million working Americans - farm workers, domestic aides, temporary employees, graduate research and teaching assistants - are not afforded legal protection when they attempt to exercise their freedom of association.

Every day in this country, employers can and do utilize a combination of both legal and illegal methods to intimidate employees who exercise their freedom of association, and most Americans don't know about it.

As part of its ongoing efforts to investigate and expose workers' rights abuses, and spotlight the inadequacies of U.S. labor law, American Rights at Work will arrive in Boston on October 20 on the third leg of its nationwide "Workers' Rights are Human Rights Tour."

Through a series of events to be held October 20-21 sponsored by Jobs With Justice and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO at venues throughout the state, workers, human rights activists, political and religious leaders from the local area will meet with the touring international delegation led by former U.S. Congressman and Democratic Whip David Bonior. Bonior currently serves as Board Chair of American Rights at Work, the national workers' rights advocacy organization coordinating the tour. Other delegation members include human rights advocates from Mexico, Canada, and Guatemala; as well as academic, civic, and religious leaders from the United States.

Massachusetts tour activities are as follows:

EVENT: Interfaith Breakfast
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
130 Prospect St., Cambridge
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 8:30 am

EVENT: Rally at Verizon
WHERE: 185 Franklin Street, Boston
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 12:00 noon
Verizon workers will accompany the delegation to Verizon Board member Sandra Moose's office where they will invite her to appear at the Workers' Rights Board to answer charges regarding anti-union activity at Verizon Wireless.

EVENT: Workers' Rights Board Hearing
WHERE: Boston City Hall
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 1-3:00 pm
The day will include a Workers' Rights Board Hearing that will include the national delegation, local community and religious leaders and convened by Boston City Councilors Flaherty, Arroyo, and Yancey. They will hear testimony from workers who have been fired and harassed for union activities.

EVENT: Teach In, "Workers' Rights are Human Rights"
WHERE: Harvard University, Cambridge
Sever Hall Room 113
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 6-8:00 pm

EVENT: Workers' Rights Board Hearing
WHERE: Clark University, Jefferson 222, Worcester
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 10:00am
The delegation will hear testimony on abuses of workers' rights in the Worcester area.

EVENT: Workers' Rights Board Hearing
WHERE: TBD
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 10:00am
The delegation will hear testimony on the abuse of workers' rights in the New Bedford area.

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American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to organize and engage in collective bargaining. Our mission is to fight for a nation where the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers is restored, guaranteed and promoted.

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is a coalition of eighty local labor, community, and religious organizations that supports workers' rights.
See also:
http://www.massjwj.net
http://www.americanrightsatwork.org

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You might want to investigate Ascent Technologies of Cambridge, MA
19 Oct 2005
I hear they are big into psychological harassment of employees.
Come to the Cape too!
20 Oct 2005
Yo you should all come down to cape cod too!

It aint all yuppies and trophy houses down here.
Union density is pathetic here. Construction trades forget about it.

The working class suffers on this island of wealth, not much can be found, your pockets are bare and all you get is a crap shack and some food.

Wage slavery blows!