Human Rights

AFA – CWA takes seriously its responsibility as stewards of justice for the American working family. In order accomplish this goal we must fully embrace the truth: that human rights and the human condition are inextricably linked to the rights of all workers. We have witnessed concerted fear tactics designed to divide workers throughout our nation’s history. These divisions immeasurably dilute our power as a union: at the bargaining table, in our organizing efforts, and within our communities.

Shared prosperity depends upon embracing our shared humanity and mutual respect for one another and arm our members with the information, structure, tools, and messaging to fight back on the local level. With an emphasis on local movement building and activism rooted in issues of civil and human rights, the Fight Forward program will demonstrate that AFA – CWA and its members have the power to effect positive change for all workers.

To learn more about Human Rights check out the links below:

AFA Issues:

CWA Human Rights Manual

Women’s Committee – The Mission of the CWA National Women’s Committee is to educate, inspire and empower women while working all sides of the CWA triangle.

Committee on Civil Rights and Equity – The mission of the Committee on Civil Rights and Equity is to build a union where members of all cultures, religions, sexual orientations, gender, disabilities, ages and nationalities feel welcomed, respected and heard; and where the leadership reflects the diversity of our membership.

Civil Rights and Equity Issues and Resources

Civil Rights Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Age Discrimination
  • Language Discrimination
  • AIDS Discrimination
  • Hate Crimes
  • Discrimination against Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgendered Individuals
  • Discrimination against the Disabled

National Civil Rights Groups

  • LCCR – Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • NCLR – National Council of La Raza
  • NUL – National Urban League
  • SCLC – Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • LULAC – League of United Latin American Council
  • NCTE – National Center for Transgender Equality

AFL – CIO Support Groups

  • APALA – Asian Pacific Labor Alliance
  • APRI – A. Philip Randolph Institute
  • CBTU – Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • CLUW – Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • LCLAA – Labor Council of Latin America advancement
  • Pride at Work

Federal Enforcement Agencies on Civil Rights

Federal Laws that Protect Civil Rights and Should Be Monitored

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Title IV, Title VII
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Voting Rights Act
  • Election Reform Laws
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act