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

Author: Michael Fichter (Global Labour University of Germany) & Dimitris Stevis (Colorado State University), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Published on: 1 November 2013

Global Union Federations have made significant progress in advancing Global Framework Agreements that create arenas for labor relations based on the Core Labor Standards of the...ILO. These Agreements...are a means of setting minimum standards and organizing unions in Transnational Corporations, to date largely European, and their worldwide production and supply networks...Implementation in the US has resulted only from union pressure, both locally and through transnational collaboration...Although the study did identify cases of good practice, most evidence points to the US as being a prime example of the existing deficiencies in the overall process of initiation, negotiation, implementation and conflict resolution...[U]nions and management from the US were generally absent from the steps leading up to implementation and thus have claimed no »ownership« of a GFA. In light of the initiation of negotiations over a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), it is essential for organized labor on both sides of the Atlantic to push for the inclusion of better and more comprehensive labor standards. [refers to Hochtief, Skanska, Impregilo, Volker Vessels, FCC Spain, Ferrovial, Lafarge, Italcementi, Siemens, SKF, GEA, Vallourec, EADS, ArcelorMittal, Aker, Ikea, H&M, Danone, Accor, Rhodia (Solvay), Evonik, SCA, VW, Daimler, BMW, Leoni, Bosch, Rheinmetall, Prym, Rochling, G4S, Securitas, ISS, Sodexo, Adecco, Kelly Services, Manpower, Randstand, USG People, Freudenberg]

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