TITLE

Mapping the Boundaries of Human Rights at Work

AUTHOR(S)
Hilgert, Jeff
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Labor Studies Journal;Mar2009, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Over the past twenty years, International Labour Standards have been cited increasingly as the authoritative, worldwide body of jurisprudence on workers' rights as human rights. Continuing the debate on what constitutes labor rights, the author contrasts the definition of workers' rights under international human rights standards with U.S. labor history's notion of "pure and simple unionism," examining the boundaries of rights defined by international standards in a comparative historical context. The standards examined include workers' right to organize; coercive employer speech; access to employer premises; nonmajority representation; the right to strike, picket, and boycott; union security clauses; the scope of bargaining; government enforcement; and the legal doctrine of employer association rights. Aligning U.S. labor relations law with international human rights standards would in part be a social advancement, but significant aspects of the standards advocate pure and simple unionism more than the original National Labor Relations Act, raising questions about how labor movements should use international standards as advocacy tools and public policy goals.
ACCESSION #
36430456

 

Related Articles

  • What's Law Got to Do with It? Hubbard, Dean // Social Policy;Summer2005, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p41 

    This article offers a look at the legal aspects of organizing socially aware labor unions in Colombia in response to globalization as of June 2005. Communities in the U.S. and around the world are actively struggling for global justice, organizing to incorporate the concept of economic human...

  • Labor Unions in Cameroon. ORR, TONEY // Social Policy;Winter2016, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p42 

    The author discusses the factors that hinder labor unions and their members in Cameroon to express their grievances against large companies in the country. It cites his experience in attending the International Organizing Forum in which he learned the difficulty of different organizations to...

  • Rethinking the Tripartite Division of American Work Law. Fischl, Richard Michael // Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law;2007, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p163 

    In this Article, Professor Fischl argues that the boundaries separating the constituent subjects of American work law—employment discrimination, labor law, and employment law—are becoming increasingly porous, and he explores two distinct but related dimensions of this accelerating...

  • 'Talking union': Your rights to speak in the workplace. Twarog, Joe // Massachusetts Nurse;Jun2006, Vol. 77 Issue 5, p7 

    The article discusses the rights of the employees to form a union in the workplace. In some workplaces including hospitals and other health care facilities, nurses are prohibited to form a group. They are forbidden and confused by hospital administrators through discipline. The author points out...

  • WHY WE NEED THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT NOW.  // Registered Nurse: Journal of Patient Advocacy;Apr2008, Vol. 104 Issue 3, p8 

    The article discusses on the proposal to have an Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) for American workers that enable them to elect a union. It stresses that the act would make it possible to elect a union by simply collecting signed union cards from the majority of workers. It notes EFCA could...

  • Workers' Rights as Human Rights. Savage, Larry // Labor Studies Journal;Mar2009, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p8 

    In the wake of a series of prolabor Supreme Court decisions in Canada, the mantra of "workers' rights as human rights" has gained unprecedented attention in the Canadian labor movement. This article briefly reviews the Canadian labor movement's recent history with the Supreme Court before...

  • YOUNGDAHL REPLIES. Youngdahl, Jay // New Labor Forum (Sage Publications Inc.);Winter2009, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p46 

    In this article the author offers a response to author Lance Compa, regarding Compa's reply to his comments on negative effects of human rights approach to labor rights issues. He states that human rights advocates ignore the importance of unions, and opposes Compa's views on the importance of...

  • The trade union right to organise and its exercise in the Republic of Macedonia. Risteski, Temelko; Sijić, Vesna; Mihtaroski, Emrah // South East Europe Review (SEER);2012, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p353 

    The right to form trade unions is provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international documents adopted under the regulatory systems of the United Nations, the European Social Charter and ILO Conventions No. 87 and 98. The constitution of the Republic of Macedonia has...

  • Labor Relations in Focus. Wu, Victorien // China Business Review;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 33 Issue 6, p40 

    The article focuses on the efforts of the Chinese government to protect workers' rights in China. Included in the government's initiatives are the Labor Contract Law and the renewed campaign by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. The 11th Five-Year Plan of the country indicates that the...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics