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American union stands with UN workers in struggle for rights

28 October 2013
Group of AFT members holiding banner supporting the UN workers
PSI affiliate the American Federation of Teachers Executive Council has passed a resolution to support United Nations staff as they fight to have a voice in the decisions that affect their working conditions, professional careers and quality of life.

"The United Nations has every moral and pragmatic obligation to treat its own employees with dignity and respect," says AFT vice president Adam Urbanski. "The U.N. cannot be an effective and credible voice supporting human rights if it does not extend these same rights to its own workers"

The AFT stands in solidarity with the U.N. staff unions as they move forward to secure the fundamental rights guaranteed to all workers. AFT President Randi Weingarten called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately back the restoration of labor rights to U.N. workers.

The AFT is circulating the "Stand Up for U.N. Workers!" petition urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take immediate steps to reverse his decision. AFT affiliates are also sending photos for posting on the U.N. Staff Union Facebook page.

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