These people helped me to understand what capitalism was doing to our World when it wasn’t controlled.

The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights has suspended operations.

After some 30 years, the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (formerly National Labor Committee) is closing its doors.

Our small organization has played a key role in exposing working conditions and human rights violations suffered by workers producing for U.S. and European multinational companies.  We have accompanied and provided international visibility for workers in Central America, Bangladesh, Jordan, China and other developing countries as they organized and stood up for their rights.

Now there are others doing this work.  It is time for Charlie to retire.  After a lot of thought and careful assessment, our conclusion is that given the current political context it is time for us to let the Institute go.

We have had the honor of collaborating with unionists, people of faith, journalists, scholars, educators, students and everyday people from every corner of the U.S. and from all over the world.  We are so proud of the work these activists have done and so grateful to the incredible support—in the form of time, creativity and money—that the Institute’s work has received.

We closed our doors over the summer.  The last contributions that have come in have been used to help our staff and collaborators transition and to pay final bills.

We are sad to be leaving this work.  But so thankful to have been part of it.

Please keep supporting workers who are fighting for their rights!  Keep insisting that our companies assure the fundamental rights of workers who make our products.

Thank you so much for all you have done.

Charles Kernaghan,  Barbara Briggs

 

In essence, the slavery is killing our own jobs while exploiting those whose country will not protect them.

So True

The rich business owners’ use of slave labor is inhuman and against America’s values.  The slave labor injures the American workers who CANNOT compete with the slave employment conditions because our employment protections are required, no opting out protections.  In essence, the slavery is killing our own jobs while exploiting those whose country will not protect them.

But what if the slaves overseas are happy with the penny wages?  Does that make it okay for us to exploit them?  What about capitalism and globalism?  We cannot fight it.  We have to accept that businesses are going to fire American workers by the hundreds of thousands and exploit these poor countries and its citizens.  This is just part of the system.  So sad for everyone but it is the future.  I do not accept this conclusion.

I BELIEVE IN HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, THE UNITED STATES.  I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN INDIA, MEXICO AND ASIA ARE JUST AS HUMAN AS ANYONE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES.  I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A DUTY AS A HUMAN RACE TO PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE LESS ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE WOLVES WE CALL CAPITALISTIC BUSINESS MEN/WOMEN.  I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST PROTECTING AMERICAN WORKERS AND PROTECTING THE SLAVE LABOR OUTSIDE THE USA NEED TO REEVALUATE THEIR OWN MORAL COMPASS AND THEIR DEFINITION OF SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION AND ENTITLEMENT.

Modern slave owners….Executives that support hiring cheap foreign labor and terminating American workers to save on labor costs by exploiting those outside the US:

Ginny Rometty of IBM

Bob Igers of Disney World

Miles White of Abbot Labs

Karen Ignagni of Emblemhealth

Teddy Mathas of New York Life

Rick McKenney of Unum

Janet Napolitano of University of California San Francisco

Steve Easterbrook of McDonalds

Dave Brandon of Toys R Us

Michael Hansen of Cengage

Paula Steiner of Healthcare Services Corporation

SOOOOO MANY OTHERS.

AMERICA IT IS TIME TO SAY NO TO SLAVERY AND DISCRIMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF CITIZENS OF COUNTRIES POORER THAN THE USA.  IT IS TIME TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT COMPETE AGAINST SLAVE CONDITIONS.  WHEN WILL WE BE HEARD?!!!!????? WE ARE FIGHTING FOR HUMANITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN WORKERS.

“I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves WITHIN SAID DESIGNATED STATES, AND PARTS OF STATES, are and henceforward shall be free.”  Abraham Lincoln.  Do we only protect humans in the United States and permit slavery and exploitation of humans outside the United States?