Monday, October 31, 2005

A little Halloween Social Justice

American Rights at Work has a new campaign they're working on. Blue Diamond is a company that runs the world's largest almond-processing plant. That may sound insignificant, but they prepare the almonds in the candy that many of us are serving trick-or-treaters today. They've engaged in what Blue Diamond itself has called an "aggressive union-avoidance campaign." Workers fighting for a fair living wage and the standards that should be every American's right are being fired for their efforts.

Forming a union to protect yourself and your coworkers from being exploited by your employer is a fundamental right. It's one of the things that makes this country great, and keeps our economy fair, but that right is being assailed more than any other. If you don't fight for others' rights to form a union, then your rights in the workplace are in more peril as well.

Do something good this season: go to the ARAW link above and spend the 30 seconds it takes to send an email to Blue Diamond and tell your friends/family.

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