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During the Reagan Administration in the 1980s the United States government rescinded...

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During the Reagan Administration in the 1980s the United States government rescinded its support of Article #23 (U.N. Declaration of Human Rights), which reads:
# 1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
# (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
# (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
# (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Considering that organized labor, along with most working people, have lost ground in the United States since the 1980s, with weakened bargaining power, lower pay, fewer benefits, and pensions eliminated, while workers have increased wealth for the owners of corporations, should the United States reconsider its support of this article and the rights of workers? Perhaps there are other recommendations you would make for our official federal policies and for those of corporations. Have the U.S. government and U.S. corporations abnegated their responsibilities to workers, who produce the wealth of America?

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