Support workers’ rights in December
What: The growing support and debate around a new federal minimum wage has placed workers’ rights issues in the spotlight. At the forefront of this issue, and other issues like the Affordable Healthcare Act, are labor groups such as the AFL-CIO, which celebrates its 58th anniversary on Dec. 4.
Background: Formed in 1955 from the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO advocates for workers’ rights and safety. The organization contains numerous smaller unions and represents more than 11 million people.
Story Pitch: Though the AFL-CIO is a specific organization, this day can be also be an opportunity for anyone involved in the labor market and national economics to pitch around. Law firms, attorneys and law schools that focus on labor laws have a great opportunity today as this area of legal practice is complex and ever changing. The AFL-CIO is primarily an advocate for workers, so smaller groups that work in labor advocacy have an opportunity as well. If your group focuses on a particular industry or region, be sure to address the niche topics that concern your constituency. Groups that work for immigrants and immigration reform also have an opening, as labor groups and unions often push for reform to aid immigrant and domestic workers. Highlight how your group has worked with national and local labor and improved working conditions for everyone.
Story Hook: Altering minimum wage has been shown to affect employee efficiency, as well as quality of life. What other factors in the labor industry can have a direct or indirect effect on workers? Keep the following in mind when making your pitch:
- What place do unions and workers’ groups hold in the modern workforce?
- What is being done to improve workers’ rights in other nations?
- What changes to immigration are labor groups interested in?
- What other areas are in need of reform aside from immigration and wages?
Tips: Be sure to provide contact information for local unions and worker advocacy groups.
Federation for American Immigration Reform
National Employment Lawyers Association
United States Department of Labor
–Researched, compiled & written by Nicholas Testa
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