Civil and Workplace Rights

Working for the freedom from employment discrimination and the right of working families to fair pay, job safety, secure retirements and affordable health care have been goals fundamental to the union movement, which has long partnered with the civil rights and women’s movements and, more recently, with the LGBTQ community.

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Aug 9

Guitar Center workers have been organizing for respect and fair pay throughout the country and have successfully voted for union recognition in Manhattan’s 14th St store, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Jul 18, 2014 | News Story

On Thursday, the MTA and unions representing LIRR employees reached a tentative agreement to provide workers with their first contract in roughly four years.  For months, the two sides butted heads as they disagreed on the timeframe for raises, and healthcare contributions.

Jun 11, 2014 | News Story

On Monday, union members from across the city gathered outside of the Union League Club on 38th Street to protest an appearance by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a fundraiser for Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino. 

Jun 26

Join fellow activists for  an international dialogue with visiting leaders of the Mexican labor movement.

May 19

Friday, May 9 – Monday, May 19

The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Labor through film.

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May 2, 2014 | News Story

Yesterday, thousands of union members and community groups converged on City Hall Park to speak out for fair wages and contracts, safe jobs and comprehensive immigration reform. 

May 1

"May Day is about all workers,” said Vincent Alvarez, president of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Apr 28

Every April 28, the Labor Movement reflects on men and women who lose their lives while on the job.  Join labor leaders and fellow activists to commemorate their sacrifice and march to honor their memory.

Apr 24

Tell Children’s Place to pay the full $8 million it owes to Bangladesh factory collapse victims!

Apr 4

Sanitation Workers 1968—Airport Workers 2014