Laborers are a demographic. Yes, you heard it. When we hear about demographics, we think about very specific groups of people. How could laborers be a suffering demographic if nearly everyone in the world is a laborer?
Even though it’s not a very specific minority group, it is a demographic of people who are vulnerable to having their civil rights impeded upon. Organizations have been formed to fight for the civil rights of laborers. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
These organizations were unions. Now at days, it is hard, if not impossible, to get into many unions. Unions are still in the process of forming. In a Target store on Long Island, New York, there was an election about whether or to have a union at the store
. The employees at the store voted, and the proposition to form a union was shot down with the overwhelming number of votes being against starting a union.
Walmart is so vehemently anti-union, and so successful in avoiding unions, that it cannot open any stores in New York City. This is because New York City is a union stronghold. Union membership isn’t very strong in the southern part of the United States of America. It was never really strong in that part of the country. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
There are a lot of unions for a lot of different jobs. There are unions for electricians, plumbers, screenwriters, construction workers, teachers, healthcare workers, people who work in hospitality and customer service occupations, farmers, physicians, domestic servants, actors, directors, Flight attendants, machinists, musicians, writers, people in the needletrades and athletes.
It’s been a really arduous journey for workers’ rights, and it is still going on. Next time you go to your job, be thankful that you have an hourly wage and that you have certain rights as a worker.
One would think that with all of the struggles, it would have been easy for workers to unite together and to cooperate with each other.
If you thought that, then you are wrong. There were tons of tensions between races, ethnicities and genders. Many times, being fellow laborers and coworkers did not necessarily mean that people were peacefully brought together.
These struggles that were secondary and tertiary to labor struggles made up the primary focus for a lot of people. Two people who primarily focus on these struggles are Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey.
Focusing on the social struggles concerning race, ethnicity, legal status and sexual orientation, Mr. Larkin and Mr. Lacey started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.Posted by TrinaS on .