Unfair Advantage: Workers Freedom of Association in the United States under International Human Rights Standards by Lance CompaUnfair Advantage: Workers Freedom of Association in the United States under International Human Rights Standards by Lance Compa

Unfair Advantage: Workers Freedom of Association in the United States under International Human…

byLance Compa

Paperback | July 29, 2004

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We are not shy about reporting human rights abuses around the globe. We are much more reluctant to recognize them at home. This book exposes the violations of human rights witnessed daily in workplaces across our country. Based on detailed case studies in a variety of sectors, it reveals an "unfair advantage" in U.S. law and practice that allows employers to fire or otherwise punish thousands of workers as they seek to exercise their rights of association and to exclude millions more from laws that protect their rights to bargain and to organize.Unfair Advantage approaches workers' use of organizing, collective bargaining, and strikes as an exercise of basic rights where workers are autonomous actors, not objects of unions' or employers' institutional interests. Both historical experience and a review of current conditions around the world indicate that strong, independent, democratic trade unions are vital for societies where human rights are respected. In Lance Compa's view, human rights cannot flourish where workers' rights are not enforced. While researching workers' exercise of these rights in different industries, occupations, and regions of the United States, Human Rights Watch found that freedom of association is under severe, often buckling pressure when workers in the United States try to exercise it. Cornell University Press is making this valuable report, originally published in August 2000, available again as a paperback with a new introduction and conclusion that bring the story up-to-date.
Title:Unfair Advantage: Workers Freedom of Association in the United States under International Human…Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:July 29, 2004Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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"The American labor movement's campaign to improve job conditions was once in the vanguard of the human rights movement, but it has been hobbled and marginalized for decades. Unfair Advantage expertly traces the erosion of the right to unionize in America through court rulings and laws that allow replacement hires for strikers, curb organizing in the workplace, ban secondary boycotts, and swell the ranks of millions of workers excluded from basic U.S. labor law protection-agricultural workers, domestic workers, independent contractors, 'supervisors' in title only, and undocumented immigrants. Lance Compa's analysis points out new ways for human rights activists and workplace organizers to unite in their common cause. Perhaps most importantly, Compa points to new tools they can use-the labor rights provisions of international trade agreements that were written to protect workers overseas, but can also be used as moral and legal levers to improve American workplaces and the rights of U.S. unions to organize."-Peter Spielmann, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism