September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Right to Organize

Topic: 2024-Right to Organize
Country: United States of America
Delegate Name: Caterina DaSilva

The United States of America has long prided itself on being a nation founded on principles of freedom, democracy, and individual rights. Among these fundamental rights is the right to organize, enshrined in international human rights standards and recognized as essential for the protection and advancement of workers’ rights. As a nation committed to upholding democratic values and promoting social justice, the United States must ensure that its laws and policies protect and facilitate the exercise of this fundamental right.
The right to organize has deep roots in the history of the United States. From the labor struggles of the 19th and early 20th centuries to the landmark legislative achievements of the New Deal era, the fight for workers’ rights and collective bargaining has been central to the progress of American society. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935, also known as the Wagner Act, was a significant milestone that recognized the rights of workers to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their employers. Subsequent legislation, such as the Taft-Hartley Act and the Landrum-Griffin Act, sought to balance the interests of labor and management while preserving the right to organize. Despite the progress made in the past, the right to organize in the United States faces significant challenges in the present day. Anti-union sentiments, hostile labor laws, and employer resistance have undermined the ability of workers to exercise their rights freely and effectively. Legal loopholes, such as “right-to-work” laws, which weaken unions by allowing workers to benefit from collective bargaining without paying union dues, pose a direct threat to the sustainability of organized labor. Also, the erosion of worker protections, the rise of precarious employment, and the gig economy have created new obstacles to organizing efforts, making it increasingly difficult for workers to assert their rights in the workplace.
In order to uphold and strengthen the right to organize in the United States, the following policy recommendations are proposed: Reformed labor laws, including amending and modernizing labor laws to better protect the right to organize and ensuring meaningful penalties for violations for labor law. Promoting unionization, such as providing resources and support for union campaigns, granting workers greater access to information about their rights. Also by addressing the economic inequality variable that underlies this issue. This can be done by pursuing policies that promote fair wages, job security, and education and skills training. The right to organize is a fundamental human right that must be protected and upheld in the United States. Overall, national policies play a critical role in shaping the global landscape of workers’ rights and the right to organize. By adopting policies that support workers’ rights, governments can contribute to a more just and equitable global labor system, while policies that undermine workers’ rights can have negative consequences both domestically and internationally. Therefore, it is essential for policymakers to consider the broader implications of their decisions on the global right to organize and work towards policies that promote respect for workers’ rights worldwide.

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