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 28, 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.

Lance Compa is a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is coeditor of Human Rights, Labor Rights, and International Trade.
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Title:Unfair Advantage: Workers' Freedom of Association in the United States under International Human…Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.59 inPublished:July 28, 2004Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801489644

ISBN - 13:9780801489648

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"When, at long last, U.S. workers regain the basic human right to form unions for a voice on the job, Unfair Advantage will be remembered as a turning point. It marks the moment when the global human rights movement began to focus on the massive violation of workers' freedom of association in the U.S. The fairness and care of its research make its stories of workers' struggles powerful, and the power and breadth of its stories make its conclusion irrefutable: American workers have effectively lost the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively, and it will take major reform for the U.S. to come into compliance with the basic requirements of international law." - Andy Levin, Director, Voice@Work Campaign, AFL-CIO