We want to thank everyone who stood in solidarity with the Kaolin Workers Union. Unfortunately, the Union lost the election and consequently their contract. While we are deeply disappointed by these events, we understand that this loss takes place within a context of declining union membership, growing pushes for anti-worker legislation and the elimination of the middle class.
We believe that the best protection for worker’s rights is a union contract. Unfortunately, more and more is being done to undermine unions and workers’ rights. So called “Right to Work” laws are becoming increasingly prevalent as companies look for ways to control their workforce as much as possible. This is not the direction that we want to go in. All workers should have to right to form a Union and negotiate for better working conditions.
There remains a core group of union leadership committed to the mission of organizing the workers at Kaolin for fair labor rights in their workplace, and CATA remains committed to supporting them in this new challenging environment. We will continue to keep you updated as the Kaolin Workers Union continues their struggle. ¡La Lucha Sigue!