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20 March 2008

UMC rights monitor raises issues in Firestone Agreement [Liberia]

Author: Wellington Geevon Smith, Star Radio Liberia

The Human Rights Monitor of the Methodist Church has identified four major issues within the new Firestone [part of Bridgestone] agreement to be considered by the Legislature. The group said the right given the Firestone PPD [Plant Protection Division...

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3 March 2008

Firestone Dons Human Face [Liberia]

Author: Analyst [Liberia]

Firestone Rubber Plantations Corporation (FPCO) [part of Bridgestone]...negotiated with NTGL [National Transitional Govt. of Liberia] an 86-year addendum to the 99-year concessionaire agreement [in 2005]... Many in the human rights community rejected...

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31 January 2008

Firestone chief fires back

Author: Dan Adomitis, President, Firestone Natural Rubber, in Los Angeles Times

With regard to Dave Zirin's latest comments, let me respond directly and succinctly. We do not tolerate child labor at our Liberian farm. If an employee even brings their child to the work site, they risk losing their job. No one, anywhere, in any...

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29 January 2008

Firestone: Helping or hurting Liberians?

Author: Dan Adomitis. President, Firestone Natural Rubber

While I'm sure Dave Zirin's concern for the people of Liberia is sincere, his recent opinion piece regarding Firestone Natural Rubber operations contains a host of unfounded allegations and paints an unfair picture of the situation in Liberia. It is...

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29 January 2008

[scroll down] Firestone's corporate spin - Official policy doesn't match plantation reality

Author: [opinion] Dave Zirin, author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports", in Los Angeles Times

Adomitis [President of Firestone Natural Rubber] writes that my piece contains "a host of unfounded allegations" regarding his company's alleged practice of child labor and environmental degradation...[D]espite a heavy dose of clever corporate spin,...

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20 January 2008

Is the NFL on the right team?

Author: [opinion] Dave Zirin, author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports", in Los Angeles Times

...[Firestone]...has been crowned the "Official Tire Sponsor" of Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIII...But NFL [National Football League] Commissioner Roger Goodell might want to be more careful about who the league cozies up to, especially when the...

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24 December 2007

Liberia's Supreme Court Recognizes New Firestone Workers' Union Leadership

Author: James Butty, Voice of America

The Liberian Minister of Labor, Samuel Kofi Woods, has urged both the workers and management of the Firestone Rubber Plantation Company to continue to work together to ensure industrial peace and harmony on the plantation. This followed a Supreme Court...

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24 December 2007

[audio] [Interview with Liberian Minister of Labour, Samuel Kofi Woods, on the Supreme Court's ruling that Firestone union elections were legitimate]

Author: James Butty, Voice of America

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21 December 2007

[DOC] Stop Firestone Coalition Celebrates Victory as Liberian Supreme Court Decision Approves Union Election Results on Firestone Rubber Plantation

Author: Stop Firestone Coalition

After a lengthy strike by workers on a rubber plantation owned by the Firestone Natural Rubber Company [part of Bridgestone] in Liberia, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled today that recent union elections held in July 2007 on the plantation were...

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1 November 2007
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