Solidarity Stories – The Emergence of Workers’ Voices and Leadership
This project partnered with the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle Community College to explore how love and forgiveness are embedded in labor law broadly and, specifically, within workers’ rights. The project had three elements:
- The Workers’ Rights Manual – a document for workers and their advocates that provides a wide array of information about workers’ rights and workplace issues
- Curriculum modules – to reach specific audiences, including high school teachers and community college students, to introduce them to the manual and deepen understanding about how these laws are applied.
- Solidarity Stories – a video that focuses on the transformative nature of organizing and learning one’s rights. The video explores how workers coming together to learn about and stand up for their rights at work can transform them and their relationships. Listening to these workers and leaders talk about what they learned about their work, themselves, their co-workers, and their communities is a powerful testimony to the connection between workplace rights and positive transformation.
As one of the project partner’s, Kia Sanger, noted: “It’s about building trust, and standing up for each other. I have value, you have value. I’ll put myself on the line, standing up for your value. That’s what community should be. That’s what family is. It’s what friends are for each other. And it’s what workers can be for each other as well.”
It is the essence of love, of forgiveness, to act in this way.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Labor, Trades and Crafts.