[Excerpt] On August 16, 1994, Submission No. 940003 was filed with the U.S. NAO by four human rights and workers' rights organizations: the International Labor Rights Education and Research Fund (ILRERF) , the Asociacion Nacional de Abogados Democraticos (National Association of Democratic Lawyers), the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) . The submission was timely accepted for review by the Secretary of the NAO on October 13, 1994. Notice of acceptance for review was published in the Federal Register on October 20, 1994.
The submission concerns allegations involving the maquilado a operations of the Sony Corporation, doing business as Magneticos de Mexico (MDM), in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The five Magneticos de Mexico plants manufacture computer disks, video cassette tapes, and audio cassette tapes. According to the submission, approximately 1,700 unionized workers are employed in these plants, and an estimated 80% are women. The labor. law matters raised in the submission concern freedom of association, protection of the right to organize, and minimum employment standards relating to hours of work and holiday work.