The Assault on Labor: Protecting Worker Rights

assault on laborACLU Pasadena-Foothills Panel To Address Limits on Worker Organizing Efforts

The 2010 federal elections dramatically altered the landscape for working men and women across America, as the country’s rightward tilt fueled a full-throated assault on basic rights to bargain collectively won over decades of organizing. Workers and voters concerned with the increasing attacks on labor should participate in the panel discussion “Assault on Labor” on Tuesday, July 12th, 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.

“Unions have contributed immensely to the well-being of working people in the United States,” says panelist Kent Wong, Director of UCLA’s Center for Labor Research and Education. “Unions give a voice for workers on the job and provide respect and dignity for working people.”

Anti-union efforts led by Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker to strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights—just upheld in a partisan vote by the Wisconsin Supreme Court—quickly led to similar assaults in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere.

California has so far escaped the full brunt of these anti- labor attacks—but for how long? The ACLU event will discuss our area’s labor situation and assess the effects these national trends may have on Los Angeles and Pasadena working families. In particular, we will discuss how the Chapter can best support the “Adopt a Grocery Store” project as part of Southern California’s possible grocery workers strike.

The panel also includes Rachel Torres, a researcher for Unite Here Local 11, who worked to protect hotel workers rights in the efforts to redevelop Pasadena Manor, a housing facility for low-income seniors and the handicapped that been abruptly vacated to make way for the boutique Hotel Constance.

Founded in 1923, the American Civil Liberties Union- Southern California has been fighting to preserve and expand the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Its Pasadena/Foothills Chapter serves the commu- nities of Altadena, Arcadia, Glendale, La Canada, La Crescenta, LA (Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Eagle Rock), Monrovia, Montrose, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, and Sierra Madre.

  • What: The Assault on Labor
  • When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena

The event is free and open to the public. For more info, see, or contact Sharon Kyle, Communications Chair, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter,aclupasadena@yahoo.

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