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Friday, August 31, 2018

5 Charities Fighting for Workers' Rights

For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer. We wrap up vacations and enjoy one final long, lazy summer weekend before returning to our normal routines: school, work, sports, etc. 

But the holiday, which has been celebrated nationwide since 1894, is meant to be more than just a day off. In the late 1800s, a number of labor unions proposed setting aside a day each year to recognize and celebrate the work of laborers across all industries. The idea was quickly adopted and soon became a federal holiday.

In honor of Labor Day and the celebration of workers across the country, Charity Navigator is featuring 5 highly-rated organizations that advocate for the rights of workers. These charities seek to provide all employees with safe workplaces where they can earn living wages to support their families and, ultimately, give back to society. Keep reading to learn more...

Jobs with Justice
Improving working people’s standard of living, fighting for job security, and protecting workers’ right to organize

Jobs with Justice engages workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and communities where working families live. Founded in 1987, the organization strives to with the elevate workers' rights struggles as part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice. They believe in long-term multi-issue coalition building, grassroots base-building and organizing and strategic militant action as the foundation for building a grassroots movement, and they believe that by engaging a broad community of allies, they can win bigger victories. Jobs with Justice reaches working people through the organizations that represent them - unions, congregations, community organizations - and directly as activists. Nearly 100,000 people have signed the Jobs with Justice pledge to be there at least five times a year for someone else's struggle as well as their own.

9to5 National Association of Working Women
Winning justice for working women

Founded in 1973, the 9to5 National Association of Working Women works to build a movement for economic justice, by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. 9to5 is one of the largest national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women's issues on the public agenda. Over the years, the organization has helped raise the expectations of low-wage women who thought that change was out of their reach. Winning justice for working women, 9to5 fights for paid sick days, equal pay, family-supporting jobs with decent wages, and a strong safety net. The elevate the voices of women in low-wage jobs, build their leadership skills, and empower them to bring about real change in their jobs and communities.

The Legal Aid Society: Employment Law Center
Promoting the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families

The Legal Aid Society: Employment Law Center, opened its doors for business in 1916. Today, the Center promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, the Center helps workers attain financial security by preserving employment opportunities. They believe that stable working conditions and adequate income strengthen families and build communities. By protecting the legitimate employment status of wage earners, they provide families the means to pull through adverse times, avoid the downward spiral caused by job loss, and be fully contributing members of society.

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
☆☆☆ + Impact
Educate & empower

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates educates and empowers organizations, human resources professionals, employee resource groups, and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions, and characteristics. They believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, the organization works to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.

National Employment Law Project
Improving wages and working conditions for workers across America

For more than 45 years, the National Employment Law Project has sought to ensure that America upholds for all workers the promise of opportunity and economic security through work. The Project fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. They publish research that illuminates workers' issues; promote policies that improve workers' lives; lend deep legal and policy expertise to important cases and campaigns, and partner with allies to advance crucial reforms. The Project also works from the ground up to build systemic change. They collaborate with community partners to develop advocacy campaigns, develop and test innovative policy ideas in cities and states across the country, and scale them up to effect change nationally. They partner with advocacy networks grounded in the full range of stakeholders—grassroots groups and national organizations, worker centers and unions, policymakers and think tanks.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working on this issue and countless others.

From all of us at Charity Navigator, enjoy a safe and healthy Labor Day Weekend!

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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