Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US: The Wal-Mart Effect

Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher for Human Rights Watch, is presenting "Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US: The Wal-Mart Effect" at University of Minnesota Law School Walter F. Mondale Hall from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.

Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US:
The Wal-Mart Effect

Thursday, October 23, 2008
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Presented by Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher for Human Rights Watch
Auerbach Commons
University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis (U of M West Bank campus)

Free and Open to the Public

Hosted by The Institute for Global Studies and the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program

The right to organize and form trade unions has been recognized internationally for almost 100 years as a fundamental human right. How are US workers faring? Get a first hand account of the antiunion tactics employed by retail giant Wal-Mart. In the context of weak US labor laws do US workers stand a chance?


Carol Pier is the senior labor rights and trade researcher for Human Rights Watch. In 2007 Human Rights Watch published an investigative report, Discounting Rights: Wal-Mart’s Violation of US Workers’ Right to the Freedom of Association, authored by Pier to illuminate the anti-union tactics of Wal-Mart and the failings of the US labor law system. Pier will speak on issues facing US labor law, including weak statues and inadequate enforcement.


Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies. Co-sponsored by the University’s Human Rights Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change, Labor Education Service, Workers Rights Clinic and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

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