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Unite et al vs. Brylane Inc.

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 8 October 2002
Statut actuel Withdrawn
Thème Brylane's anti-trade union practices in the US
Résumé de la plainte The complaint alleges Brylane, a specialty catalog retailer, and parent company Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s (PPR) treatment of employees constitutes a systematic attempt to deny employees’ rights to freedom of association and right to collective bargaining. Brylane has refused to respect its employees’ request for representation by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, AFL-CIO, CLC (also known as “UNITE!”). In October 2001, workers employed by Brylane in Indiana initiated an effort to form a union for the purposes of collective bargaining. Brylane and PPR have responded with a campaign of harassment and intimidation.

Examples of the company’s tactics in this campaign include:

1) establishment of Brylane Associates Against UNITE! a company- created, financed and controlled employee committee;
2) pervasive and relentless distribution of anti-union literature;
3) regularly subjecting employees to mandatory anti-union meetings during which many of the aforementioned statements intended to alarm employees are continuously reiterated;
4) providing explicit instructions as to how employees may revoke the union card they signed freely of their own accord thereby denying the exercising of freedom of association;
5) discriminating against and denying advancement to employees who voice support for unionization;
6) threatening employees who speak out in favor of unionization.

Développements/Résultat UNITE withdrew the case filed after it reached an agreement with Brylane in January 2003 to allow union organizing to proceed at the Indiana facility.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Les droits du travail, Harcèlement, Textile/ vêtements, NGO-union collaboration

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Austria
Coordonnées du PCN Stubenring 1 1010 Vienna, Austria
Site web du PCN www.oecd-leitsaetze.at
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Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Brylane Inc
Coordonnées de l'entreprise 463 seventh avenue
10018 New York
United States
Site web de l'entreprise http://www.brylanehome.com/brylanehome/layout/layout.asp?referer=1&
Entreprise en violation Brylane Inc
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
8 October 2002 Clean Clothes Kampagne Austria file This case was first brought before the American, French and Dutch NCPs by trade unions before CCC Austria decided to file a complaint. téléchargez le document pdf (26Kb)  
National Contact Point Austria statement Case was dropped on the grounds that a company owned by PPR (Gucci) did not have sufficient influence on its parent company.  

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