Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

February 22, 2011

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Unions

Filed under: Scott Walker — millerlf @ 10:25 am

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which at the UN website. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.

Here is article #23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  • (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  • (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

[NOTE: Walkers’ law explicitly prohibits workers from organizing unions at UW campuses and the UW Hospital and in essence prohibits the main role of trade unions (of collective bargaining) for most public employee worker unions.]
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