Independent Consulting Projects
A sample of my consulting projects. For a complete list, click below.
AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
To the U.S. Supreme Court in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid on relevant international labor law standards and practice on union representatives’ access to farms to meet with workers (co-project lead with Ashwini Sukthankar) (International Lawyers Assisting Workers network (ILAW), Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF), International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR), Cornell Labor Law Clinic, 2021).
MODEL LABOR RIGHTS CLAUSES
Model arbitration system for stakeholder-brand agreements on supply chain labor conditions (co-project lead with Katerina Yiannibas) (International Labor Rights Forum, Worker Rights Consortium, Clean Clothes Campaign, 2020).
Tripartite expert review panel (representing Workers Group) on Manual for drafting ILO instruments (ILO Office of the Legal Advisor 2006).
To the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association against the United States regarding Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 in the workplace and related violations of Conventions 87 and 98 (AFL-CIO, SEIU, 2020).
To the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association against the United States regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hoffman Plastic Compounds denying effective remedies for undocumented immigrant workers fired for union activity in violation of the NLRA (AFL-CIO, 2002).
OECD SPECIFIC INSTANCES
To the National Contact Point of the Netherlands under OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on sexual harassment at McDonald’s stores around the world (IUF Global Union, EFFAT European federation, SEIU, CGT Brazil, 2020).
To the National Contact Point of the Netherlands under OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises for violations of workers’ rights at IKEA facilities in United States, Ireland, and Portugal (UNI Global Union; UFCW, FNV Dutch labor federation, Mandate trade union Ireland, SITESE trade union Portugal 2018).
NORTH AMERICAN AGREEMENT ON LABOR COOPERATION (NAALC) SUBMISSIONS
To the Mexico Secretary of Labor against the United States for violations of migrant workers’ rights in the Washington State apple industry (Teamsters, United Farm Workers 1998).
To the U.S. Department of Labor against Mexico for workers’ rights violations in Ciudad Juárez factories of General Electric and Honeywell (United Electrical Workers, Teamsters union, 1994).
To the United States Trade Representative (USTR) against Chile for violations of workers’ rights under the military dictatorship of General Pinochet (United Electrical Workers, International Labor Rights Forum 1986).
To the USTR against Guatemala for violations of workers’ rights under military-dominated government (ILRF 1988, 1991).
INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS RESEARCH REPORTS
On European corporate investment and workers’ rights in the American South (AFL-CIO and European Trade Union Institute 2019).
On violations of workers’ rights under international labor standards at Nissan factory in Canton, Mississippi (UAW 2013).
On freedom of association and employer “free speech” under international labor standards (International Trade Union Confederation, Communications Workers of America 2013).
OMBUDS/NEUTRAL OVERSIGHT ACTIVITY
Neutral Ombuds on Oversight Committee for Fruit of the Loom-CGT Union under “Washington Agreement” establishing collective bargaining in Honduras factories (2010-present).
Neutral Oversight Official for Nike-CGT Worker Relief Fund Union severance payments to workers affected by Hugger/VisionTex plant closings in Honduras (2010).
SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS
Roundtable on Sustainable Labor Relations and Co-Governance (GlobalWorks Foundation 2019).
Seminars on international labor standards for labor ministry officials and labor court judges in Vietnam (2011), Dominican Republic (2010), Nicaragua (2009), Cambodia (1995) (USAID).
Trainings on freedom of association for workers, unions and managers at Fruit of the Loom plants in Honduras and El Salvador (GlobalWorks Foundation 2011-2016).
Workshops on international labor standards for workers, unions and NGOs in Egypt (2004), Mexico (2001), Sri Lanka (1999 and 2001) (Solidarity Center).