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Report: Some Businesses Fail to Protect Workers' Human Rights

Posted August 30, 2000

— Three organizations in North Carolina are featured in a report outlining what a human rights group calls America's failure to protect workers' rights.

In a report being released today, Human Rights Watch singles out the North Carolina Growers Association, Smithfield Foods, and Mount Olive Pickle Company.

The Growers Association brings in Mexican farm workers under federal a program. Smithfield Foods has opposed unionization of its hog-processing plants in Tar Heel and Wilson. And Mount Olive is being boycotted by a migrant farm workers union.

The report's author is Cornell University professor Lance Compa.

He say Smithfield Foods has intimidated and threatened workers who support a union. He also claims Mount Olive has not lived up to a "moral responsibility" to support farm workers' organizing rights.

Representatives of those companies and the Growers Association dismiss the report as pro-union rhetoric.


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