Labor

Congress Moves Toward Passing Colombia, Panama & S. Korea Free Trade Agreements

“And I’ll also oppose the Colombia Free Trade Agreement if President Bush insists on sending it to Congress because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements. So you can trust me when I say that whatever…

Colombian Vice President in DC Lobbying Unions & Congress to Support US-Col Free Trade Agreement

Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon is in Washington DC lobbying for passage of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. As a former unionist and progressive turned neoliberal, Garzon plans to meet with opponents of the FTA, including officials from the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and the United Auto Workers, as well as with Sen. Sherrod Brown. Garzon…

Support Mexico’s Electricians’ Union

In October of last year, the Mexican police and military occupied the Mexican state-owned electric company, Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LFC) displacing 44,000 employees in an attempt to break Mexico’s oldest union, the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME). The occupation of the LFC and displacement of the workers was done in the name of…

Stop Union Busting in Mexico – Urgent Action Required!

Employees Forced to Resign from Union or Lose Their Jobs (This alert was originally published by LabourStart.) Some 30,000 technical and professional employees of PEMEX (the huge public Mexican petroleum complex) finally won the right to unionize upon their third attempt. The new union’s victory was short lived. Some fifty leaders and activists active in…