Workers’ rights are human rights. They don’t come from laws — they come from being human. In the Workers Rights section, we report on the right to organize and bargain collectively, the right to a decent standard of living, and the right to be treated fairly and with dignity.

GOP mounting attacks on unions nationwide

Apr 1, 2011

Statehouse Republicans are pushing bills to eliminate collective bargaining rights, end the prevailing wage and project labor agreements, and get rid of seniority protections.

Voters in four states ban union ‘card-check’

Dec 3, 2010

Voters in four Republican-dominated states passed measures Nov. 2 to ban the “card check” method of unionizing. But the measures may be struck down in the courts, because they encroach on rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Fired pro-union teacher refuses two years salary to settle case

Nov 5, 2010

A French teacher terminated for supporting a union campaign at Portland French School turned down an offer of two years salary if she would drop her legal case and give up her right to return. In the trial that followed, a federal judge heard evidence about the termination and other labor law violations. On Oct. 26, a federal district court judge ordered the school to cease and desist further lawbreaking.

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