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[Excerpt] The contributions of Hoyt Wheeler, Julius Getman and David Brody in the December issue of this journal give important insights into strengths and weaknesses of the Human Rights Watch Report on workers' rights in the United States. Stephen Wood, Sheldon Friedman and the editors are to be commended for advancing a debate on the Report's approach, findings and recommendations.

Each of these three major figures in American labour scholarship brings the power of decades of research and analysis on these issues. Together, their critiques stretch the Report backward and forward: back to unstated assumptions that underlie the Report (or that it neglected, which could have better informed the Report), and forward to some unstated (or, again, missed) implications of its findings and recommendations.


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Compa, L. (2002). Author’s reply to Wheeler-Getman-Brody papers. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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Copyright by Wiley-Blackwell. Final article published as Compa, L. (2002). Author’s reply to Wheeler-Getman-Brody papers [Electronic version]. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 40(1), 114-121