After years of shrinking union membership and workers continually losing power on the job, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a resurgence of workers demanding increased power, rights and safety.
Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what the Solidarity Center does, where it gets its funding from and what they have observed since the pandemic began.
What is the Solidarity Center?
The Solidarity Center is a worldwide workers rights organization based in the U.S. They help workers from all over the world become knowledgeable to demand better working conditions, wages and more. They obtain their funding from U.S. labor unions, grants from the federal government and from individual contributors.
Bader-Blau said they accomplish their goals by employing a staff with union backgrounds or who are deeply connected to trade unions. These people are able to combine their experiences to provide solutions for workers throughout the world to improve their situation.
She said building a worldwide network of working people seeking to improve their working conditions will improve every worker’s situation. Leading by example will help others to be bold enough to follow them and demand action in the workplace.
Creating a pro-labor world
The level of workers rights, wages, benefits and conditions is different throughout the world. However, there is always room for improvement. While there may not be union busters in countries where unions are non-existent, there is still an anti-worker presence fighting to keep workers down.
Bader-Blau said that workers are becoming increasingly vocal as they demand more out of their employers. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a rally point for workers who speak out in support of more rights for workers.
She added that the Solidarity Center is ramping up its efforts to connect with all workers in need, especially those who are being put in harmful situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.