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Make the Colombia Labor Rights Action Plan Work for Workers

Three years ago today, when the governments of Colombia and the United States signed the Labor Action Plan (LAP), Colombian workers hoped that systemic violence against labor activists and persistent employer abuses would at last come to an end. As Miguel Conde of the union SINTRAINAGRO explains in a new report by the AFL-CIO, palm workers at the Bucarelia plantation initially were hopeful, but the LAP profoundly failed to deliver meaningful change in their lives.

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Walmart Store Closures in China Disrupt Workers' Lives and Livelihoods

Workers at Walmart stores in Changde, Hunan Province, and Ma’anshan, Anhui Province, in China are protesting Walmart’s plans to close the stores.

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Dominican Citizenship Ruling Creates Stateless Underclass

Dominican Citizenship Ruling Creates Stateless Underclass

In the Dominican Republic, you can be stripped of your citizenship even if you were born there. In September 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court concluded that individuals who are unable to prove their parents’ regular migration status can be retroactively stripped of their citizenship.

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Colombia's Labor Activists Still Targets of Violence

Colombia's Labor Activists Still Targets of Violence

In July 2011, more than 5,000 Colombia petroleum workers walked off the job at the multinational company Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. to demand better working conditions, better pay and union representation. More than 4,000 joined the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO), which presented a collective bargaining proposal to the company. These brave workers faced down the continuing prevalence of systematic violence against labor and other human rights activists and impunity for perpetrators, to exercise their rights.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Honors Building and Wood Workers’ International with Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award

AFL-CIO Executive Council Honors Building and Wood Workers’ International with Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and its affiliates, which are at the forefront of the campaign to bring justice to construction workers worldwide, are the recipients of the 2014 Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award, the AFL-CIO Executive Council announced in a statement adopted at its annual winter meeting in Houston.

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Working Families Staged a Protest Against Cambodian Government's Brutal Repression Against Garment Workers

Protest outside Cambodian Embassy. Photo by Ron Carver.

Deadly violence against striking garment workers has set off a global response by unions and allies around the world. Over the past several days, unions, labor rights activists and student groups protested at Cambodian embassies and consulates first in Seoul, Berlin and Jakarta and since then in Washington, D.C., London and Hong Kong. During the Jan. 10  protest in Washington, D.C., the AFL-CIO delivered a letter calling on the government to cease violence, investigate the violent events, release detained workers and return to negotiations with workers for a fair wage.

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U.S. Pressure Needed to Make Honduran Elections Free and Fair

U.S. Pressure Needed to Make Honduran Elections Free and Fair

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Hondurans will vote in national elections for president, legislators and local governments. The last elections in Honduras, in November 2009, were run by the de facto government that took office after the June 2009 coup and the electoral process was tainted by severe limits on civil liberties and low levels of participation. Candidates from diverse parties withdrew before the election, stating that the ruling party made fair campaigns and elections impossible. As a result, many Honduran and international groups questioned the legitimacy of the elections and the government that took office in early 2010. Numerous governments in Latin America explicitly rejected these elections.

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Financing Forced Labor in the Cotton Fields of Uzbekistan

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To most families in the United States, early September means back to school and heading to the football or soccer fields. To Uzbekistan’s families, September means the government forces many adults and children into the fields to pick cotton. Since this year’s harvest began, three young people have died. The youngest was a six-year-old boy, Amirbek Rachmatow, who suffocated under a pile of cotton on Sept. 15.

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Exploitation of Workers in the Dominican Republic's Sugar Fields Continues

Exploitation of Workers in the Dominican Republic's Sugar Fields Continues

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a report in response to a complaint brought under the free trade agreement between the United States and the Dominican Republic, known as the Central America Free Trade Agreement–Dominican Republic (CAFTA–DR), which detailed severe worker abuse on sugar plantations. The vast majority of sugar workers are Haitian or of Haitian descent. 

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Domestic Workers Receive Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

In recognition of this incredible achievement and the outstanding work this young organization continues to do, the AFL-CIO Executive Council named the International Domestic Workers' Network the recipients of the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award earlier this year. The award was presented by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today at the AFL-CIO Convention to a chorus of domestic workers who entered the hall singing, following a moving video of their campaign.

Support California domestic workers by telling Gov. Jerry Brown to pass the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Text DIGNITY to 235246. Standard data and message rates may apply.

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