Annual Labor Rights Defenders Awards

Our awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work. We honor trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability. 


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+ Playwright Eve Ensler
+ El Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares (STAS) and La Federación de Sindicatos de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria (FESTAGRO)
+ Familias Unidas por la Justicia
+ Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
+ The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
+ Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan, including Elena Urlaeva, Dmitry Tihonov, and Uktam Pardaev
+ Senator Sherrod Brown
+ Farm Labor Organizing Committee
+ Tobacco and Allied Workers Union of Malawi
+ Congressman George Miller
+ Communications Workers of America
+ Maquila Worker Organizing Project (CGT, Honduras)
+ Senator Tom Harkin
+ State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Confederation (SERC) and the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN)
+ United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Warehouse Workers United, Warehouse Workers for Justice, and the National Guestworker Alliance
+ U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
+ United Steelworkers
+ American Federation of Teachers
+ Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity
+ U.S. Representative Jan. Schakowsky
+ Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, Colombian Mineworkers’ Union (Sintraminercol)
+ International Brotherhood of Teamsters