In anticipation of the first ever examination of the U.S. human rights record by the United Nations human rights monitoring mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review, on November 5, The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) along with seven collaborators, including the United Workers, have released a report calling attention to the ways in which the U.S. government has failed to ensure such basic human rights as housing, healthcare, and education. The United Workers and the Campaign for Fair Development is one four case studies featured in the report.
From Work with Dignity Section:
"Government policies actively distribute public resources to the corporations they largely fail to regulate and monitor. Numerous tax incentives and direct public subsidies are given to the corporate sector, including the high-violation agricultural, retail, and service industries. Federal, state, and local subsidies, as well as development rights on public lands are provided in addition to the tax benefits corporations already enjoy. Yet no human rights conditions are tied to the receipt of subsidies, nor is corporate compliance with existing laws adequately monitored. Consequently, public resources are used to secure the revenues of corporations rather than the needs and rights of workers, thereby serving private interests rather than the common good."
To read the report: “Toward Economic and Social Rights in the United States: From Market Competition to Public Goods”
Also, visit our website to read about the "March for Retail Justice" that the United Workers will be participating in this Saturday in Minneapolis, another inspiring case-study in worker-driven coporate accountability campaigns, http://unitedworkers.org
Thanks- United Workers