American Rights at Work
American Rights at Work (ARW) is a U.S.-based group which describes its vision as "a nation where the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers is guaranteed and promoted." 
What they do
According to their website, they:
- Build coalitions, perform research, public relations, policy analysis, and advocacy
- Investigate and expose workers' rights abuses and the inadequacy of U.S. labor law
- Stimulate debate about the state of workers' rights among journalists, policymakers, advocacy groups, and the public
- Promote public policy that protects workers from hostile employers and weak laws that impede their rights to form unions and collectively bargain
- Publicize success stories of profitable companies and public agencies that respect workers' rights and build innovative partnerships with unions
Resources they use
- Publications: they produce reports, case studies, issue briefs, and educational materials based on research
- Workers' Rights Clearinghouse: their national database features cases of workers whose rights have been violated during union organizing campaigns or contract negotiations with employers
- Workers' Rights Watch: Eye on the NLRB: This feature monitors and analyzes decisions of the National Labor Relations Board
- Online Advocacy & Resources: website for news, action alerts, and reports for those who want to learn more about the issues or ways to get involved
Countering business-funded campaigns
In 2008, American Rights At Work had an ad campaign showing corporate "fat cats" opposing workers. This was a campaign to promote labor-backed legislation and was to counter business-funded campaigns. Will Evans of NPR writes, "But over the last week, American Rights At Work spent only $235,000 on ads in five key states. That's less than half what the other side — represented by the Employee Freedom Action Committee — spent last week ($563,000). And Employee Freedom has been beating the drum for a month longer." The Employee Freedom Action Committee is a front group established and run by Rick Berman, a Washington DC lobbyist with a history of creating industry-funded front groups.
- Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive Director
- David Bonior, Chair, former Democratic U.S. Representative from Michigan
- Liz Cattaneo, Communications Director
- Erin Johansson, Deputy Director of Research
- Jane Norman, Director of Programs and Partnerships
- Nikki Daruwala, Director, Socially Responsible Business Program
Board of Directors:
- David Bonior, Chair, American Rights at Work
- Jack Marco, Treasurer, Chairman, Marco Consulting Group
- Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP
- Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Janet Murguia, President & CEO, National Council of La Raza
- Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
- Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, Leader, The Islamic Center of America
- John J. Sweeney, President Emeritus, AFL-CIO
- Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
1100 17th Street NW, Suite 950
Washington DC 20036
Email: info AT americanrightsatwork.org
Related SourceWatch articles
- Center for Union Facts (front group)
- Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (front group)
- Employee Free Choice Act
- American Rights at Work, "About Us: American Rights at Work: Advancing Democracy in the American Workplace", accessed December 2007.
- Will Evans, "Labor-Funded Group Targets Republican Senators", NPR, September 9, 2008.
- American Rights at Work lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed November 2010.
- Staff, American Rights at Work, accessed November 2010.
- Board of Directors, American Rights at Work, accessed November 2010.
- Jason Linkins, "Ad Promoting Employee Free Choice Act Directed At Journos ", The Huffington Post, January 30, 2009.