The United Steelworkers (USW) today congratulated the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL) for receiving the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor. The award was established by Congress to recognize the work of an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labor.
“The USW is proud of our partners at FAWUL and their efforts in challenging the horrors of child labor and other injustices at the rubber plantation,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Against great odds, the members of FAWUL have created a democratic and independent union.”
"This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union to combat the worst forms of child labor internationally," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The group serves as a model to others, showing that progress is possible and worth the effort ... more