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[Excerpt] What is most needed is a new spirit of commitment by the labor law community and the government to give effect to both international human rights norms and the still-vital affirmation in the United States' own basic labor law of full freedom of association for workers. A way to begin fostering such a change of spirit is for the United States to ratify ILO conventions 87 and 98. This will send a strong signal to workers, employers, labor law authorities, and to the international community that the United States is serious about holding itself to international human rights and labor rights standards as it presses for the inclusion of such standards in new global and regional trade arrangements.


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Compa, L. (2003). Workers’ freedom of association in the United States: The gap between ideals and practice [Electronic version]. In J. A. Gross (Ed.), Workers’ rights as human rights(pp. 23-52). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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