North America's Strongest Union

Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights

Members of the United Nations are celebrating Human Rights Day on December 10, and as one of the largest labor organizations in North America, the Teamsters are no exception.

Since its beginning, the Teamsters Union has been at the forefront of protecting, ensuring and promoting human rights throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico by securing fair wages, safe working conditions, health care and equality for working families throughout North America.

“Issues that affect working families are issues that affect all families,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “Workers’ rights are human rights.”

Among the liberties that the Teamsters fight to protect are the right to work under just and favorable conditions, the right to equal pay for equal work and the right of all workers to form and join trade unions for the protection of their interests.

“The Teamsters are devoted to protecting and upholding human rights everywhere,” said Cheryl Johnson, Director of the Teamsters Human Rights Commission and International Vice President.


“We are an organization that values respect, understanding, diversity and equality, and we work hard to protect the rights not only of our members, but of all working people around the world.”

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