Resources in honor of International Workers’ Day – May Day

In the spirit of May Day, the US Human Rights Network is disseminating a number of key resources on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for the purpose of further educating the social movements in the United States that Workers Rights are Human Rights.

We believe these resources establish a critical foundation for human rights advocates that can aid in organizing and supporting workers to defend their rights against mounting attacks from transnational corporations and financial institutions.

As we prepare to engage in the many May Day activities being organized in the name of the 99%, we ask everyone to study these materials and pass them along to others in your organization and networks to prepare them for the many struggles ahead to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all who labor for a living.

Kali Akuno
Director of Education, Training, and Field Operations
US Human Rights Network
Monday, April 30, 2012


1. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

2. Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

3. “Capitalism and Social Rights”, by Ellen Meiksins Wood

4. “A Human Rights Response to the Economic Crisis in the US”, by Radhika Balakrishnan, James Heintz, and Stephanie Seguino

5. “Maximum Available Resources and Human Rights”, by Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz, and Nicholas Lusiani

6. Eleanor Roosevelt on Workers Rights

7. The Attack on US Workers Rights

8. ILO 1998 Declaration–en/index.htm

9. ILO Declaration–en/index.htm

10. “Workers Rights as Human Rights: Wagner Act Values and Moral Choices”, by James A. Gross

11. “The Compensation Penalty for ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws”, by Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz

12. Frequently asked questions on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

13. “Inequality as Policy: The United States since 1979″, by John Schmitt

14. “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as categories of analysis and connections”, by Patricia Hill Collins

15. “UN Panel Finds US in Violation, Calls on Repeal of NC Bargaining Ban”, UE News

16. “UN Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families”

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