Low-wage workers leading the way to poverty’s end.
The United Workers is a human rights organization led by low-wage workers. We are leading the fight for fair development, which respects human rights, maximizes public benefits and is sustainable.
Building a Human Rights Zone.
On October 25, 2008 we declared Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to be a “Human Rights Zone” and are now bringing workers’ human rights demands directly to Cordish and GGP, the developers who control the Harbor.
Bringing workers’ demands to the top of the profit chain.
We’re demanding that these developers enter into legally binding economic human rights agreements with the United Workers. The agreements will hold developers and vendors accountable by advancing the human rights of work with dignity (including the right to a living wage), education and health care.
Media Updates and Inquiries
Please contact Michael Fox for media inquiries:
- 410-230-1998 (office)
- 646-499-1484 (cell)
Previous press releases and press advisories:
Current Campaign: Fighting for Fair Development
Baltimore Sun: “Workers Unite for Human Rights”
About 80 United Workers Association members and supporters marched yesterday afternoon under threatening skies and blustery southeasterly winds from Camden Yards to the McKeldin Fountain at the intersection of Pratt and Light streets to plant a symbolic black-and-yellow flag declaring the entire Inner Harbor a “Human Rights Zone.”
“Our goal is to show how human rights have been violated for low-wage workers not only at Harborplace but all over the city,” said Bennie Witherspoon, a janitorial worker at Camden Yards, who is a leader in the United Workers Association, a human-rights organization established in Baltimore by homeless day laborers. read more (PDF)
2010 – Leading the Fight for Fair Development
- In These Times: “Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: From ‘Poverty-Zone’ to Economic Human Rights Zone?”
- MMP: The Fight for Human Rights from Vermont to Baltimore
- Marc Steiner Show: The United Workers talk about economic justice in the Inner Harbor
- Indypendent Reader: Our Harbor Day at the Inner Harbor
- MMP: Inner Harbor workers to stage “Our Harbor Day” with street plays and protest in Baltimore
- Baltimore Brew: What May Day means for some of Baltimore’s low-wage workers
- Baltimore City Paper: United Workers’ Our Harbor Day May 1
- Labor Notes: “Tourist District Shouldn’t Grow on Poverty Jobs”
2009 – Demands Moved to Top of Profit Chain
- City Paper: City from Below Conference
- Free Speech Radio News: Human Rights Zone March
- Indypendent Reader: Days of Treating Workers Like Trash Are Over
- Mark Steiner Show: Fair Food Solidarity Tour
2008 – Human Rights Zone Campaign Launched
- Indypendent Reader: Workers Announce Human Rights Zone Campaign
- Baltimore Sun: Workers Unite for Human Rights (PDF)
- ABC 2 Coverage of Campaign Announcement (YouTube)
- Labor Notes: Baltimore Stadium Cleaners Organized by Workers Center Join AFSCME
2007 – Victory at Camden Yards, Living Wage Secured
- Baltimore Sun: Maryland Agency approves $11.30 ‘living wage’ next year (PDF)
- Z-Net: United Workers Remain Vigilant While Briefly Postponing Hunger Strike (PDF)
- Forbes.com: Md. Workers Cancel Hunger Strike (PDF)
- The Nation.: Cleaning Up After the Orioles (PDF)
- Baltimore Sun: Governor and MSA Chair back living wages at Camden Yards (PDF)
- Sports Illustrated: Doing the Dirty Work (PDF)
- Baltimore Sun: 11 set hunger strike over pay at Stadium (PDF)
- Baltimore Sun: After three years of broken promises workers are fed up (PDF)
- Fox 45: Living Wages Hunger Strike Postponed (YouTube)
- Telemundo: Living Wages Hunger Strike Postponed (YouTube)
- Telemundo: El Anuncio de la Huelga de Hambre para Sueldos Justos (YouTube)
- WBAL 11: Living Wages Hunger Strike Announcement (YouTube)