Fighting for worker justice in the global economy.
Feb 5, 2013 -- USLEAP has released a new report on the Colombian government’s 2012 compliance with a Labor Action Plan signed by both governments in April 2011. The report is a comparative assessment that integrates analyses from the U.S. and Colombian governments, unions, and NGOs. ...Read more »
Feb 4, 2013 -- In February, unions representing apparel workers in over a half-dozen different countries in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East announced the formation of the International Union League for Brand Responsibility. The League is a new initiative that seeks to hold apparel brands fully accountable for working conditions and basic rights in their supply chain. ...Read more »
Jan 24, 2013 -- Careful what you eat: the world’s biggest exporter of asparagus, which proudly advertises itself as socially-responsible, has just fired workers who organized a union. CAMPOSOL is Peru’s most prominent agro-industry company, supplying markets in the U.S. and Europe with asparagus, avocados, mangoes, and other fruits and vegetables. ...Read more »
Dec 14, 2012 -- On December 11, a day after International Human Rights Day, the Colombian Congress approved a controversial measure that is expected to move jurisdiction over most human rights crimes (including murders of trade unionists) committed by military forces from civilian courts to military tribunals. ...Read more »
Dec 14, 2012 -- January 31, 2013 Update: Hunger strike lifted. See the Asotrecol website for an update. ...Read more »
Dec 14, 2012 -- The Mexican Congress pushed through a labor law package in a lame duck session in November 2012 that has been praised by employers and blasted by unions. Final approval came despite massive protests by Mexican labor unions, supported by international interventions, including a U.S. congressional letter initiated by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). ...Read more »
Sep 21, 2012 -- October 24, 2012 Update: Both houses of the Mexican Congress have passed a package of labor law changes that will roll back protections for workers as described below. The Senate version passed this week and now must be approved or reconciled with the version passed by the lower house. ...Read more »
Sep 14, 2012 -- An International Day of Action is being organized by Witness for Peace and others for Monday, September 17, in support of the Colombian workers on a hunger strike demanding justice from General Motors. Join an action or organize your own; the health of the workers is deteriorating. September 22 Update: Following the International Day of Action, the General Motors workers in Colombia suspended their hunger strike to show their "commitment to a definitive solution to our demands, and to d ...Read more »
Jul 26, 2012 -- The AFL-CIO this week released a new report that says the Colombian government has failed to fully implement its Labor Action Plan. The Plan was signed in April 2011 and paved the way for U.S. congressional approval of the Free Trade Agreement in October 2011, which was implemented, prematurely, in May 2012. ...Read more »
Jun 29, 2012 -- Another round of negotiations for what is billed as the largest-ever free trade agreement takes place the first week of July in San Diego. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will establish new rules for trade and investment impacting worker rights, health care, the environment, financial regulation, and consumers. Negotiations originally involved the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam but Canada and Mexico are joining ...Read more »
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