Major announcement today! Workers call on Inner Harbor developers to ensure human rights standards at the harbor
Inner Harbor workers announced a major ramp-up in the Human Rights Zone Campaign by calling on Inner Harbor developers, The Cordish Companies and General Growth Properties (GGP) to ensure basic human rights standards at the Inner Harbor.
It may’ve taken longer than we had hoped to bring you this article. But, it is here now… a quick summary of April 18th, 2009, a.k.a. the Bmore Fair and The Human Rights Zone March. We, at Baltimore’s Indypendent Reader, fully support The United Workers campaign and hope to give this story better coverage in the future.
By: John Ellis (one of the “cycling activists” at the day’s events)
Following the events of the B’More Fair and Human Rights Zone March held on April 18 in Baltimore City, Rev. Heber Brown III wrote some powerful words on his blog Faith in Action about the day, writing that “without exaggeration, was the most organized, diverse, and strategic community activism event that I have ever been a part of in this city.” These are powerful words from an experienced and already committed community organizer and leader. Rev.
Saturday, April 18th - 12:00 NOON – 4 p.m. followed by Human Rights Zone march to Inner Harbor.
Join Baltimore’s community organizations in a celebration of the vision to secure justice and human rights in our city. On Saturday, April 18th, community leaders from around Baltimore will host a day of food, music, dance, children’s programs, workshops, info booths, and more.
On Friday May 1st, at 4:00 pm, workers and allies will gather for a
huge rally in support of UNITE HERE's City Center Sheraton boycott,
and in support of worker rights and decent treatment for all laborers.
The workers at the Sheraton have been working without a contract since
April 2006-for over three years. The boycott of the Baltimore Sheraton
City Center was declared November 15th, 2007 and since then, despite
millions of dollars in losses, the company has refused to grant a
contract to this longstanding union. They have been ignoring employee
The days of treating workers like trash are over...
On Friday, March 6th, The United Workers announced plans to confront three Inner Harbor employers as part of their “Human Rights Zone” campaign. They gathered at Mckeldin Fountain to protest three businesses for paying poverty wages, denying basic benefits like affordable healthcare, and treating workers without dignity or respect.
“I feel like they’re trying to run me ,” said Harrison. “I’m not running.”
One of the largest labor unions in Maryland has been embroiled in a two-year dispute with one of Baltimore City’s prominent downtown hotels.
Unite Here! gathered inside Baltimore City Council chambers on Wednesday, February 4th. They petitioned the labor subcommittee to pass a resolution supporting their continued boycott of the Sheraton Baltimore City Center hotel.
According to organizers, negotiations broke down with Columbia Sussex owner Bill Yung, resulting in the enacting of policies that have been detrimental to workers - such as the removal of seniority and the increase in health costs.
Braving the frigid wind-chill temperatures on Tuesday, November 18th, Unite Here! protesters and allies assembled at War Memorial Plaza to rally around the boycott of the Sheraton City Center Hotel in downtown Baltimore.