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Honduran Elections See Massive Turnout, yet Uncertainty Remains

Juan Barahona (in red) is vice presidential candidates and the president of the Honduran Federation of Independent Workers of CUT, Bill Camp and Patty Gomez (lower right) is the vice president of CUT Teachers

In spite of Sunday’s massive and unprecedented voter turnout and enthusiasm of Hondurans hoping to achieve social justice through free and fair elections, the day ended with widespread uncertainty and distrust in the capacity and will of the current government to run fair and transparent elections. As of Tuesday morning, results are still not final. At least two parties have rejected the official results reported thus far. 

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Honduran Elections Bring Opportunity to Move Forward on Social and Economic Justice

This Sunday, Hondurans have a real chance to elect leaders at all levels of government who are part of a broad movement for social justice that arose out of the 2009 coup that removed the country’s democratically elected government. Rather than the old two-party system, Hondurans will choose from thousands of candidates in 10 parties. Labor and its progressive allies are founding members of the LIBRE party and have fielded candidates at all levels. Hopes for moving down this path to democracy are high, but so are concerns about fraud and electoral intimidation and violence.

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Stop Honduran Labor Abuses Now

Photo of Amapala, Honduras by Adalberto.H.Vega, Flickr

On July 16, Kyungshin-Lear, a car parts manufacturing company with a factory in Honduras, fired three of nine newly elected union leaders. Within the following days, we have learned from our colleagues at the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center that the remaining six of the nine newly elected union leaders also were fired. Since January 2012, Kyungshin-Lear has fired 26 union leaders, with the company's most recent illegal firing of all nine union leaders in April 2013, and then in July, firing the nine union leaders who had been recently elected to replace the fired leaders from April.

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Honduras: Death Threats Against Union Activist, Radio Host

Photo via the Solidarity Center

For the past 20 years, Martínez, head of communications with the Honduran federation of agro-industrial unions, FESTAGRO, has hosted a daily radio show called "Trade Unionist on Air," which features discussions about labor and human rights, including an opportunity for agricultural workers to call in and ask about abusive workplaces, labor standards and rights violations.

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Opposition to Unions Has Real-World Consequences

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A New York Times editorial this weekend criticizes Republican obstructionism designed to stop the National Labor Relations Board from protecting workers' rights by blocking President Obama's appointments to the board.

On a more global scale, similar opposition to unions is contributing to a business climate that allows tragedies like the recent deaths of 1,100 factory workers in Bangladesh to happen. In The Washington Post, Lance Compa argues that a stronger labor movement in the countries that build the products sold by multinational corporations like Walmart, Apple and many others would go a long way to improving worker safety and working conditions.

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Working Women Empowered: Honduran Women Build Leadership

Photo courtesy STICH

Irís Munguía began toiling at a banana packing plant at age 18, living on the banana finca (plantation) as a condition of employment. After 22 years at the plant, the longtime union activist now heads the Honduran banana and agricultural worker confederation, COSIBAH (Coordinadora de Sindicatos Bananeros y Agroindustriales de Honduras), founded in 1993. Munguía also is the first female coordinator of COLSIBA, the Latin American coordinating body of agricultural unions.

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Honduras: Another Tragic Murder in the Country with the World's Highest Homicide Rate

Juan de Dios Sáenz Rosales, president of the Union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (SITRAUNAH), was killed on Aug. 22. Late last night, Honduran authorities announced that his son had been arrested for the murder.* The AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with SITRAUNAH as they mourn this loss and urges the government of Honduras to continue to investigate and prosecute this case vigorously until ensure justice has been is achieved for Juan de Dios Sáenz and his loved ones

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State Department Report Fails to Address Serious Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

State Department Report Fails to Address Serious Labor Rights Violations in Honduras

There are doubts about the institutions responsible for the rule of law in Honduras and the government’s protection of human rights, acknowledged the U.S. State Department in an Aug. 8 report. Unfortunately, the State Department says virtually nothing about the widespread impunity regarding violations of freedom of association or the threats and violence aimed at labor activists.

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U.S. Will Investigate Honduran Workers’ Rights Violations Charges

Soldiers break up demonstration protesting murders of 17 Honduran journalists. Photo by Esther Vargas/flickr

The U.S. government will investigate charges that the government of Honduras has failed to address “repeated and well-documented violations of workers' rights.” Those charges were made in a petition filed in March by the AFL-CIO and major Honduran trade unions with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA).

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On May Day, No Borders Between Workers

May Day—International Workers' Day—is a day when there should be no borders or barriers between workers around the world, said Shawna Bader-Blau, executive director of the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, at a special May Day forum at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., today. The forum focused on the challenges and conditions of Latina and immigrant workers in the United States and women workers around the globe.

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