Seventy years ago, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Translated into more than 500 languages, it recognized that “the inherent dignity and…equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
Article 23 of the declaration lays out the economic rights of working people, including:
• The right to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
• The right to equal pay for equal work without discrimination.
• The right to just and favorable wages that ensure human dignity—supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
• The right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of one’s interests.
The working people of the Labor Movement have organized, marched and fought toward securing those rights as a universal reality. In the face of a corporate right-wing campaign to destroy these fundamental freedoms, the AFL-CIO is carrying on the work of defending our rights and dignities on the job.