In Support of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the International Labor Organization (ILO)

Whereas:  The ILO celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, and it is timely to reflect on the many life-changing events which are linked to the ten decades of ILO history.

Whereas:  The ILO, created in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles  that ended World War I, still has a timeless mission in the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice

Whereas:  The only tri-partite organization of the United Nations bringing together representatives of governments, employers, and workers, , the ILO recognized the need to fight against the exploitation of workers in the industrializing nations of that time, and the recognition that the world's economic interdependence requires cooperation to obtain similarity of working conditions in countries competing for markets.

Whereas:  The ILO declares four fundamental labor rights to also be human rights, including: 

  1. The prohibition against forced labor,
  2. The prohibition against child labor, 
  3. The right to work free from discrimination & bigotry in the workplace, and 
  4. The right to collectively bargain. 

Whereas: The Organization has played a role at key historical junctures – the Great Depression, decolonization, the creation of Solidarność in Poland, the victory over apartheid in South Africa – and today in the building of an ethical and productive framework for a fair globalization., 

Whereas:  the ILO's Decent Work agenda  helps advance the economic and working conditions that give all workers, employers and governments a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress, with Four strategic objectives: 

Whereas:  the ILO Centenary Declaration lays out recommendations for the world of work, including the need to invest in people through a human-centered approach to the future of work that includes:

  • investing in jobs, skills and social protection.
  • supporting gender equality. 
  • investing in the institutions of the labor market so that wages are adequate, working hours are limited, and safety and health as well as fundamental rights at work are ensured.

Be it Resolved:

That the Texas AFL-CIO reaffirm the importance of the ILO and its critical mission and encourage our CLCs, affiliates, and other allies to join in the celebration during 2019 by highlighting ILO’s goals and accomplishments during our events, meetings, and workshops with the goal of furthering the cause of Labor in our local communities and abroad.  

Submitted by:  Ginny Stogner McDavid (AFA-CWA #42), President, Harris County AFL-CIO Labor Assembly.