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Labor organizer named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

NEA applauds Ai-jen Poo’s labor of love

WASHINGTON - April 24, 2012 -

The National Education Association (NEA) applauds labor organizer Ai-jen Poo, recently recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She will be honored today at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City for her work as director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The Alliance, which has 35 affiliates across the U.S., advocates for the rights of nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel offered his congratulations.

“Ai-jen Poo is a champion of social justice. Her commitment is truly a labor of love that grew out of outrage over the mistreatment of domestic workers. She stands up for protections and rights that are long overdue. She provides a voice for those who have never asked for special treatment, but who deserve basic rights and a fair shot.

“Ai-jen Poo exemplifies the NEA core value that individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. Everyday people and everyday acts of courage can ultimately change the world. As a nation, we must ensure equity and fair treatment for all, not just a few. Poo’s work takes us a step toward that goal by helping to transform attitudes, behaviors and laws. I applaud her continued efforts and this prestigious recognition by TIME.”

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