For Immediate Release
Ten Employers Top 2008 Labor Day List
Corporations Honored for Conducting Business Through Strong Partnerships With Employees
WASHINGTON - As the American Dream is drifting further out of reach for most
workers, a number of employees and employers are finding ways to work
together through innovative labor relations models that aim to curb
this growing trend. In observance of Labor Day, the American Rights at
Work Education Fund publicizes successful union and management
partnerships in its fourth annual Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work.
By fairly compensating employees and sharing decision-making
responsibility with them through unions, the diverse employers featured
in this year's list prove that embracing such a forward-thinking
business model is a smart, ethical, and successful strategy.
"While job outsourcing, corporate bankruptcies, layoffs, and unfair negotiations are rampant, this year's Labor Day List employers
and their employees' unions tell another story. They are proving that
tumultuous labor relations are a thing of the past, not the future,"
says Mary Beth Maxwell, Executive Director of the American Rights at
Work Education Fund. "These companies buck the trend and showcase the
strength that comes when workers and management create long-lasting
productive partnerships. Economic success does not have to come at the
expense of workers' rights."
At a time when manufacturing jobs are leaving the United States in record numbers, one of this year's honorees, Gamesa USA,
opened up domestic operations in Pennsylvania, helping sustain the
state's manufacturing tradition by building wind turbines. In doing so,
Gamesa is providing good, green-collar jobs of the future, expanding
domestic renewable energy capacity, and respecting its employees'
choice to organize a union at their new workplace.
The diversity of this year's honorees is also evident in Alabama Power,
a utility serving millions of residents in the South. The utility's
longstanding collaboration with its workers' union has resulted in one
of the lowest turnover rates in the industry, and exemplary on-the-job
safety accomplishments. Other featured Labor Day List employers
offer inspiring turnaround stories of how workers and management have
worked jointly to improve relations and ultimately the services they
provide. In our nation's capital, artists, their unions, and management
at the Washington National Opera now achieve harmony on and off stage by improving working conditions after overcoming an era of unproductive conflict.
Other employers being honored include A. Zahner Company (Kansas City,
MO), Delta Construction Corporation (Kapolei, HI), DMAX-LTD. (Moraine,
OH), Justice Clothing (Bangor, ME), Maimonides Medical Center
(Brooklyn, NY), the State of Kansas (Topeka, KS), and Team Industries
The 2008 Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work is a project of
American Rights at Work Education Fund's Socially Responsible Business
Program. For a complete copy of the list, visit
www.americanrightsatwork.org. For interview requests, please contact
Josh Goldstein at 202-822-2127 ext. 118, or 954-254-4900 (cell), or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Rights at Work Education Fund - www.americanrightsatwork.org - is an educational and outreach organization dedicated to promoting the freedom of workers to form unions and bargain collectively.