UDHR Campaign 2013 Week Six: Workers' Rights

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November 11-15, 2013

This week we pause to reflect on the recent watershed legislation-the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)- that ensures LGBTQ individuals are not discriminated aginst at work. Week 6 of the #UDHR Campaign shines a light on the continuing struggle to protect workers' rights to fair compensation, decent working conditions and workplace equality. The following organizations are leading this charge. Learn more by clicking through to their profiles below!

The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce has been successfully creating permanent progressive change, working with their partners to deliver a transformed society where everyone can be themselves and can reach their full potential. In the 70s, they were the first national advocacy organization to fight for gay rights. In the 80s, they were the first organization to focus the White House and Congress on the HIV/AIDS crisis. In the 90s, they explicitly added transgender people to their mission.

Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) exists to defend and promote the human rights of the most marginalized workers in the restaurant industry and to promote those restaurants who take the “high road” to profitability, understanding that treating their employees with fairness, respect and dignity is part of a sustainable food system and an efficient business plan.

Vermont Workers' Center is a democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing for workers' rights and living wages for all Vermonters. VWC seeks an economically just and democratic Vermont in which all residents have living wages, decent health care, childcare, housing and transportation. VWC was instrumental is achieving universal healthcare in Vermont.

Jobs with Justice works strategically to build power for working people and address the root causes of the problems facing workers & communities, from labor law reform and health care to union organizing campaigns and immigrant rights. This dynamic research, communications, advocacy, public education, and policy organization will be hosting their annual awards ceremony on November 14, 2013.

National Domestic Workers Alliance is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA and a large coalition of advocates worked for almost two years on a campaign to extend the Fair Labor Standards Act to include the 800,000 to 2 million home health workers under the federal government's overtime and minimum wage protections.

Part of the Urban Justice Center and one of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human trafficking, the Sex Workers Project has pioneered an approach to service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and in the real life experiences of clients. Their professional service providers are multi-lingual, non-judgmental and bring more than ten years of experience. 

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