Lesson Plan Two (Student Resources)

Workers' Rights


In 1933 with the passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act, workers were given the right to organize with the purpose of collective bargaining. This led to the forming of many unions. The government has since passed many laws to protect all workers from unreasonable demands in the workplace and to provide safe and humane working conditions.

A Trade Union is an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their interests (Business Dictionary).

Plain Language Version for Students:
You have the right to work, to be free to choose your work, to get a salary, which allows you to support your family. If a man and a woman do the same work, they should get the same pay. All people who work have the right to join together to defend their interests.

(These definitions are adapted from the United Nation’s Universal Delaration of Human Rights website.)