Reprinted from The Washington Post by Eli Rosenberg on October 7, 2020.
Leaders representing a large number of US trade unions filed a complaint with the United Nations’ labor agency in early October, arguing that the country under President Trump has violated international labor standards during the coronavirus pandemic.
The complaint was filed by the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO at the Geneva headquarters of the International Labour Organization, a more than 100-year-old institution run by the UN that works to upholds human rights on work-related issues like safety and collective bargaining.
The complaint details numerous ways US labor law and enforcement are failing workers, and spotlights their further weakening under Trump.
And it charges the United States with violating workers’ rights in terms not typically associated with well-off countries, at one point saying the bind many essential workers have been placed in during the pandemic — forced to risk infection or lose their jobs and potentially unemployment benefits — amounts to a system of forced labor. …
The bill’s passage in the House has brought to the front page the reprehensible conduct that workers––who have a federal right to form a union––can expect from employers who try to avoid the union. […]
A federal judge has denied WME’s and CAA’s motions to dismiss the remainder of the WGA’s fraud and price-fixing allegations, sending the case to trial to determine whether agency packaging fees are legal. In his 17-page ruling […]