Beyond Human Rights: Understanding and Addressing the Attack on Public Sector Unions

Source: Joseph A. McCartin Human Rights Review, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2012
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…We can still invoke the principles of human rights in the settings where they do the most good. But we must also look beyond these principles to address needs that are more effectively identified and articulated by the languages of human solidarity and democratic self -government than the language of rights. Thus, the present attack on public sector unions, while posing a serious threat to the future of workers, unions, and collective bargaining, also represents an urgent invitation for us to recognize and move beyond rights discourse in search for a better way to articulate the vision of a democratic and egalitarian society.

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