On International Women's Day, Support Banana Workers in Honduras

Mar 8, 2013 -- Banana unions in Latin America have asked for support on International Women’s Day 2013 (March 8) for union workers at the Three Sisters (Tres Hermanas) plantations in Honduras. Workers report that they formed the Sitrainba union in response to the company’s failure to pay the minimum wage, unpaid overtime, and other violations.  The union was officially recognized by the Honduran government in August 2012 but management has refused to bargain with the union and instead fired union workers.   ...
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Apparel Brands Urge Labor Reform in Peru

Mar 7, 2013 -- Six global apparel brands took the unusual and welcome step this week of publicly calling on a government to improve its labor laws.   ...
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Violence Against Trade Unionists Continues in Colombia

Mar 1, 2013 -- Recent attacks on a top union leader in Colombia as well as Afro-Colombians and other human rights defenders prompted the U.S. embassy in Bogota to issue a press statement today condemning the violence.   ...
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Join Days of Action for Worker Rights in Mexico, February 18-24!

Feb 6, 2013 -- North American unions and worker rights supporters are joining together to support worker rights in Mexico during the week-long international Days of Action from February 18-24.   March Update:  For a summary of events that took place during Global Days of Action, see the March issue of Mexican Labor News and Analysis. ...
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New USLEAP Report on Colombia’s Compliance with Labor Plan

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.  ...
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New Initiative and Campaign Target Adidas

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.  ...
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World’s Leading Asparagus Company Violates Worker Rights, Says Peruvian Union

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.  ...
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Colombia Gives the Military Jurisdiction Over Itself for Human Rights Violations

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. ...
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Colombian General Motors Worker Hunger Strike

Dec 14, 2012 -- January 31, 2013 Update:  Hunger strike lifted.   See the Asotrecol website for an update.  ...
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Mexican Congress Approves Bad Labor Law

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). ...
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