Covering Labor

A Reporter's Guide to Workers' Rights in a Global Economy

Liza Featherstone (Editor), Anya Schiffrin (Editor)

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Covering Labor: A Reporter's Guide to Workers' Rights in a Global Economy is essential reading for journalists everywhere who are interested in writing about working conditions, the links between labor and trade and the effect that outsourcing is having on the global workforce.

This invaluable resource includes a history of the labor rights movement, a guide to international labor standards, information on consumer boycotts and union activities around the world and a chapter on the phasing out of the multi fiber agreement as well as tips for covering labor stories and case studies and articles written by journalists and academics.

Covering Labor: A Reporter's Guide to Workers' Rights in a Global Economy is essential reading for journalists everywhere who are interested in writing about working conditions, the links between labor and trade and the effect that outsourcing is having on the global workforce.

This invaluable resource includes a history of the labor rights movement, a guide to international labor standards, information on consumer boycotts and union activities around the world and a chapter on the phasing out of the multi fiber agreement as well as tips for covering labor stories and case studies and articles written by journalists and academics.

Contributors include Mila Rosenthal, the Director of Amnesty International USA's Business and Human Rights Program, Carol Pier from Human Rights Watch, Rupa Chanda a Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, Lance Compa who is Senior Lecturer at Cornell Universitys School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Scott Martin who teaches at the New School as well as Earl V. Brown Jr from the Solidarity Center, Zohrheh Tabatabai, director of the Department of Communication the International Labor Organization in Geneva and Anne Lally an Advisor to the Joint Initiative on Corporate Accountability and Workers Rights.

About the Editors

Liza Featherstone
Freelance Journalist

Liza Featherstone is a freelance journalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She is the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement (2002). In 2004, she published Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart, a history of Dukes vs. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class-action suit in history.

Anya Schiffrin
Co-Director, Media Program
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She spent ten years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance.

About the Authors

Lance Compa
Senior Lecturer
ILR School (School of Industrial and Labor Relations)
Cornell University

Mila Rosenthal
Executive Director
HealthRight International

Anne Lally
Freelance consultant on labor and human rights issues

Carol Pier
Senior Researcher
Labor Rights and Trade
Human Rights Watch

Scott B. Martin
Lecturer
International Affairs Graduate Program
The New School

Rupa Chanda
Professor
Economics and Social Sciences
the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB)

Earl V. Brown Jr.
Law Counsel
Labor and Employment
American Center for International Labor Solidarity

1

Labor Rights: A Recent History

15

2

Global Labor Standards and their Enforcement

27

3

Enforcing Workers’ Rights: Whose Job Is It?

35

4

Labor Rights and Trade Arrangements

49

5

A Global Squeeze on Garment Workers?The Phase-out of International Quotas and Its Impact on Developing Countries

61

6

Labor Issues and Global Outsourcing of Services

77

7

Unrepresented Workers Worldwide

97

Publication Information

Type Book
Program -
Posted 01/01/07
Download Not Available
# Pages 112
Publisher Initiative for Policy Dialogue
Year 2007

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