The mistreatment of international labor workers and human rights issues haven't been discussed much during this election cycle, in spite of the fact that American companies and American workers are competing every day against slave labor. The Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE), a multi-constituency effort working to bring national attention to human rights and American policies that can defend or destroy them, calls on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz to consider labor and human rights abuses when working with America's trade partners. They should each ask themselves: "Does the United States want to do business with a company or a nation that oppresses labor and human rights? Do we want our businesses and workers competing against slave labor?"
Headed by progressive veteran Mike Lux, AWARE has a specific focus on the rights of oppressed workers. "Consumers are beginning to speak with their wallets and not do business with foreign nations and companies that offer absolutely no worker protections," said Lux. "Many are choosing not to buy products and goods from nations and companies with blood on their hands. The U.S. government is in a position to do a tremendous amount for workers by employing the same tactic – let's not engage in trade unless protections for workers are both firmly in place and actually enforced."
The best American business strategies are those that treat their workers with dignity and give them high enough wages so that they have money in their wallets. What's good for American workers is good for workers everywhere, which is why it's crucial we hear from our future leaders on these topics.
AWARE is calling for the conversation around labor and human rights to happen now on the public stage of the presidential election.
To learn more or to help continue the conversation, visit: allianceforworkers.org @Alliance4Wrkrs #humanrights
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SOURCE Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere