The Higher Ground Moral Declaration

ON WOrker's Rights

Moral and Constitutional Foundation

James 5:4 All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of God.

Allah's Apostle said, "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" The Prophet said, "By preventing him from oppressing others." Hadith Source: Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43, Number 624.

Constitution of the United States, 14 Amendment, Section 1.  All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If a man doesn't have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.”

Questions for Candidates

Real wages have fallen steadily since the 1970s, leading to the greatest economic inequality in America since at least the Great Depression. Do you support the Fight for $15 and a living minimum wage, indexed to inflation? 

There is a direct relationship between the decline of unionization and declining real wages.  Do you believe in the right of workers to collectively bargain, including public employees?   

Medium wages for workers of color are slightly more than half that of white workers.  In addition, the unemployment rate for these workers is consistently more than double that of white workers.  Do you support targeted worker training programs, as well as targeted economic development programs for poor and minority communities?

Jobs are being replaced by technology, placing workers in a precarious position of being unemployed, underemployed, redundant or exploited and causing everyone to navigate global economic forces. Do you support a fair trade policy that will end the global "race to the bottom" for workers, promote employment and high wages at home and abroad, and share the great wealth of our global economy fairly?

We believe worker’s rights is a moral issue. Do you? If not, please explain why.