Researcher to speak on Wal-Mart, human rights


A researcher with Human Rights Watch will discuss “Discounting Worker’s Rights in the U.S.: The Wal-Mart Effect” Thursday at the University of Minnesota.
Carol Pier, senior labor rights and trade researcher for Human Rights Watch, will be the featured speaker at the program Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at Auerbach Commons, University of Minnesota Law School, Walter F. Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis.

The program is free and open to the public.

The right to organize and form trade unions has been recognized internationally for almost 100 years as a fundamental human right. The era of globalization has brought to light labor violations in every corner of the globe that result from treading on that basic human right to organize. How are American workers faring?

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 U.S. labor law system. Pier will speak on issues facing U.S. labor law, including weak statues and inadequate enforcement.