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USA: Unions file OECD complaint against Nissan over alleged failure to respect freedom of association at Mississipi plant
we invited Nissan to respond - response provided
IndustriALL, 29 Apr 2014

USA: Health & safety specialists allege roles were reduced by Phillipps 66 for joining union; includes company comments
New Times (USA), 16 Apr 2014

[PDF] USA prime example of deficiencies in Global Framework Agreements on labour standards & unions, academic study finds
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 1 Nov 2013

USA: Nissan allegedly abuses workers’ rights to freedom of association at Canton plant in Mississippi
Derrick Johnson (Mississippi NAACP) & Lance Compa (international labour law scholar)
[PDF] Full report "Choosing Rights"
[PDF] Nissan response

USA: Fast-food workers strike in 60 cities calling for higher wages & right to unionise; includes McDonald & Burger King comments
Guardian (UK), 29 Aug 2013

USA: Security guards file charges against AlliedBarton & union over alleged union membership discrimination & threats,
National Right to Work Committee (USA), 30 Jul 2013

Unions urge shareholders to vote against annual report & accounts at National Express AGM on 9 May over concerns about "employment relations" at US subsidiaries - Includes company response
Local Authority Pension Fund Forum; IBT (Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters) General Fund; UNITE the Union (OSSF and UASPS Funds), Apr-May 2013

USA: Report alleges anti-union activities by Palermo's - includes statement by company; law firm also criticised in report did not respond
Worker Rights Consortium, 5 Feb 2013

USA: Report raises concerns about IMO-certified Theo Chocolate's alleged anti-union activities; IMO & Theo Chocolate respond
Intl. Labor Rights Forum, Feb 2013

USA: Labour board issues complaint against United Natural Foods over alleged anti-union activity - company denies claims
Press-Enterprise (USA), 6 Feb 2013

USA: Union files complaint with labour board alleging Boeing took surveillance photos of union members - company denies claims
Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal (USA), 3 Jan 2013

USA: Walmart files unfair labour practice charge with National Labor Relations Board in attempt to stop planned strikes
Heather Tooley, Examiner.com, 17 Nov 2012

Walmart workers launch 1st ever strike - they demand end to retaliations against workers trying to organise -Includes company response
Amy Goodman, Southern (USA) 14 Oct 2012

US National Labor Relations Board rules Tesco violated labour laws by requiring employees to hand out fliers to customers apologising for inconvenience caused by union protesters
Labor Relations Board, 25 Jun 2012

National Express Group’s human rights policy enables it to continue anti-union behaviour in the USA, says new report – includes company response
John Logan, San Francisco State University & University of California-Berkeley,  27 Feb 2012

USA: Indiana becomes 23rd state to pass "right-to-work" law preventing unions from charging all workers for negotiating employer contracts
Economist, 4 Feb 2012

US Govt. labour agency adopts rule that would streamline unionisation - US Chamber of Commerce sues to block it
Matthew Huisman, Blog of Legal Times (USA), 21 Dec 2011

USA: American Rights at Work alleges that Hyatt opposes Senate bill that would improve worker health & safety – includes company response
Will McDonald, American Rights at Work Blog, 4 Aug 2011

Unions file OECD complaint against Deutsche Telekom for alleged anti-union activities by its wholly owned subsidiary T-Mobile USA & its majority owned Montenegrin subsidiary Crnogorski Telekom, company says allegations are "baseless"
Cornelius Rahn, Bloomberg, 12 Jul 2011

USA: Reversal of federal rule that made it difficult for airline & railway workers to organise unions
Houston Chronicle (USA), 9 Feb 2011

A Strange Case: Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations
Human Rights Watch, 2 Sep 2010
     Response to the report by International Organisation of Employers
     International Organisation of Employers, May 2011

USA: American Rights at Work highlights Thompson Electric partnership with union to improve worker safety
American Rights at Work, Sep 2009

USA: Walmart and union jointly support govt. plan to require employers to provide health insurance for workers
Janet Adamy & Ann Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal, 2 Jul 2009

UK & US unions warn against increasing use of "union-busting" consultants, such as Burke Group, in the UK
Andrew Taylor, Financial Times, 12 Feb 2008  

US unions accuse FirstGroup of anti-union tactics at shareholders meeting; 50 complaints involving harassment & intimidation by FirstGroup’s subsidiary managers lodged with the National Labor Relations Board - firm denies allegations
Press Association & Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters, 10 Jul 2007

USA: Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier to form trade unions, says Carol Pier of Human Rights Watch
Carol Pier, Senior labour rights and trade researcher, Human Rights Watch, Wall Street Journal, 26 Jun 2007

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[PDF] Global Framework Agreements in a Union-Hostile Environment: The Case of the USA

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Nissan response re allegations of abuse of workers’ freedom of association rights at Canton plant in Mississippi (USA)

Author: Nissan Motor

This UAW [United Auto Workers] commissioned report is neither objective nor credible and simply restates two-years’ worth of false allegations by the union. Nissan has never violated labor standards and would never tolerate threats or intimidation of...

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Report Outlines How Nissan in Canton Violates Workers’ Human Rights Standards to Organize and Bargain Collectively (USA)

Author: Derrick Johnson (Mississippi National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP) & Lance Compa (international labour law scholar) - report commissioned by United Auto Workers (UAW)

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