This past month, a group of labor and trade union leaders filed a complaint with the United Nations’ labor agency, alleging numerous violations of international labor law under the Trump administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.The complaint detailed violationsin numerous areas of labor law across a myriad of industries. These included allegations of inadequate safety protections, companies forcing employees to return to work, and retaliations and prohibitions on worker unionization attempts. Industries included meatpacking, fast-food, warehousing, healthcare, gig workers, airports, and retail. While this complaint referred specifically to allegations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has remained far behind in labor laws for decades, and many of these industries have faced similar allegations in the United States before.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review website on October 26, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Bornstein, Mia, "United States Accused of Violating International LaborLaws, Remains Far Behind Developed Nations" (2021). CICLR Online. 7.