The Tunisian Inspiration: Countering Authoritarianism with Social Justice Unionism

“[W]hen faced with authoritarian regimes or institutions that deny people their basic rights, unions and other civil society organizations face a choice: Step up, form coalitions and build true economic and political freedom. Or, appease the ruling elite which will, eventually, work to destroy the labor movement,” writes the Solidarity Center’s executive director, Shawna Bader-Blau.

Major companies urged to stop telling anti-slavery ‘fairytales’

Anti-slavery certification schemes, accolades and awards are hardly reliable indicators for the public when choosing between companies, according to Neha Mira, a trafficking expert with the U.S.-based workers’ rights charity Solidarity Center. “The same time as you’re giving a gold star to a company, they’re firing workers for trying to organize in the workplace …… [READ MORE]

Future of Work Round Table

“Today’s global supply chains contain large quantities of temporary and contract labor. There is virtually no legal accountability for lead firms when it comes to human rights, as they subcontract out the vast majority of the work – and their responsibility,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center executive director.

The Human Pain in Every Morsel You Eat

“People coming together undoing those legacies of disenfranchisement, feudalism and slavery to create real voice and power: That is what we see when we see agricultural workers coming together,” says Shawna Bader-Blau, Solidarity Center executive director  [Starting minute 5:00], in this podcast interview.

Plight of Workers in Northeast Gets Global Attention (Nigeria)

“The trauma experienced by working families at the peak of the insurgency is yet to be comprehensively addressed,” the Solidarity Center said in an 8-page document released in Abuja on Tuesday.  The Solidarity Center, a Washington-based organization, collaborated with the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) to carry out a comprehensive survey on the plight of workers in northeast Nigeria.