Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Fueling the Rebirth of Labor Organizing?
From fast food workers striking for protective gear and hazard pay to care workers mobilizing for paid sick days and unemployment benefits, COVID-19 has shone a light on the precariousness of our workforce and the vulnerability of those deemed essential.
This Labor Day saw the launch of powerful campaigns—on the streets and online—to uplift the millions of essential workers of color, support the unemployed, and further workers’ rights. Dramatic new advances in digital organizing are mobilizing people on a scale we have not seen before. Is the pandemic fueling the rebirth of labor organizing?
This conversation explored the current state of play around, and Open Society’s new efforts to advance, workers’ rights and racial justice.
Neidi Dominguez is co-founder of Unemployed Workers United.
Tom Perriello is executive director of Open Society-U.S.
Ai-jen Poo is co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Ken Rigmaiden is general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
Erica Smiley is executive director of Jobs with Justice.
The World Can’t Wait
Q&A: A New Social Contract for Workers and Business
After the financial crisis of 2008, many advocates were disappointed by the unwillingness of many governments to shake up a discredited status quo. More than 10 years later, amidst another crisis, there is reason for hope.
Organizing for Justice
A Worldwide Movement for Domestic Workers
Despite their increasingly essential role in the global economy, domestic workers in many countries remain shockingly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Thankfully, a global and worker-led movement is pushing for change.
Shifting the Narrative
Our Pandemic Response Must Center Racial Justice
Rather than shift the blame onto individuals who are forced to make impossible choices, policymakers should confront the virus through systemic reforms that center racial justice and public health.