Technically, you can say that unions can be classified as civil rights organizations. This is because of the fact that they advocate for dignifying work conditions. Having bad work conditions is a civil rights problem because nobody deserves it.
Employees are under a constant threat of being abused—being given too many hours, being forced into work instead of attaining education to become socially mobile, not being compensated for accidents and the troubles that they go through, low salaries, no benefits, being fired for things that they shouldn’t be fired for and a whole array of other negative things.
This is why unions have risen out of the ashes of laborers’ misery. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/
It has not been an easy fight, though. Union and labor history is fraught with violence, intimidation and war-like events that nobody ever talks about. As we go about our lives, not thinking about the history of American labor, we punch in and punch out of our jobs.
We are aware of the rules and stipulations that are behind the conditions of our workplaces. We know that laws have been laid down for safety and to prevent discrimination. However, not many of us know the details of the long, arduous history behind the laws that protect us as laborers.
Not many of us know about the men, women and children who died on both sides during conflicts between union members, authorities and employers. Nobody talks about the people who were shot at, blown to pieces and beat up. All of this happened just so that you can have those quiet rules at your workplace that protect people’s safety and well-being.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Created by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey in the 2010s, this is not a labor organization. It is a civil rights organizations that is concerned with ethnic/racial/cultural/national identity.
Many of us forget how important organizations like this have also been throughout history. There are many laws currently in place that protect the rights of people with all identities—thanks to organizations like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
In the past, racial minorities have suffered from injustices such as housing discrimination, employer discrimination and discrimination by public school staffs. Organizations like the Frontera Fund have done their best to strike down these horrific societal ills.
Now, minorities can live wherever they want, attain social mobility, make a living, go up in their careers and have a better shot at attaining college educations.