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Mexican Union Leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Wins Historic Legal Appeal

The federal judiciary of Mexico extended protection late last week to the embattled leader of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers (Los Mineros), Napoleón Gómez Urrutia. In what will go down as a historic victory for the Mexican labor movement, the three judges of the circuit court unanimously declared the arrest warrants against Gómez unconstitutional, siding with Gómez’s legal defense team that the charges were without merit and politically motivated. This ruling will allow Gómez to return to Mexico in absolute freedom, as the Mexican government must now cancel extradition requests pending in Canada and with Interpol.

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Unscrupulous Employers Take Advantage of Immigrant Workers in H-2B Visa Program

Samuel Rosales Rio came to the United States from Mexico under an H-2B visa to work at a food stand in a traveling carnival. When he arrived, he and his co-workers, most of whom also entered the country under the H-2B program, wound up working 16 to 17 hours a day in the sweltering heat for as little as $1 an hour. Workers were only provided a single meal each day and the meager wages made it impossible to supplement. Under the H-2B program, employers are supposed to provide adequate housing, but workers reported sleeping in overcrowded trailers infested with fleas and bedbugs without a place to wash. Rosales wound up in the hospital as a result of dehydration and infections from bug bites.

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Watch Live: Catholic Bishops Hold Mass on the Border Highlighting Humanitarian Crisis from Failure to Act on Immigration Reform

On the U.S.–Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., today, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border and Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, will celebrate Mass on behalf of the nearly 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

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What We Can Learn from the Trade Agreement that Shipped 700,000 U.S. Jobs Overseas

What We Can Learn from the Trade Agreement that Shipped 700,000 U.S. Jobs Overseas

Twenty years later and what have we learned from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Nearly 700,000 U.S. jobs have been lost or displaced, union density in the United States, Mexico and Canada fell and income inequality has increased. The AFL-CIO's new report, NAFTA at 20, discusses how current U.S. trade policy has failed to raise wages, improve social standards or address inequality—and what needs to change to ensure that future trade agreements actually work for working people.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and Media Matters have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of the key pieces they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Global Activists Rally Against NAFTA-Style Trade Models that Harm Working People Across the World

CWAers standing against Fast Track and the TPP with Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) on Friday, Jan.  24, 2014. (Photo Credit: Wendy Colucci of the CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO)

Last week, diverse organizations from across North America came together to discuss the human impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on its 20th anniversary. The multi-sectoral Trinational Forum, hosted in Mexico City Jan. 28–31, was an opportunity for activists focused on labor, the environment, mining, farming, consumers, women, land and human rights to share their experiences under the NAFTA model, weigh the losses against the benefits and articulate a new vision for increased cooperation and action to achieve equitable growth and shared prosperity. 

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Worker Abuses Found at Finnish-Owned Maquiladora in Mexico

Managers at a Finnish-owned maquiladora located in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, producing wire harnesses for the North American auto industry, have obstructed workers’ right to freely join a union and sexually harassed female employees, according to a report released today by Worker Rights Consortium, an independent organization that monitors labor rights abuses around the world.

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Mexican Union Leader Vindicated in Court, Launches New Book

Napoleón Gómez of Los Mineros (left) and USW Pres. Leo W. Gerard At Vancouver press call to launch the Los Mineros leader’s  new book, ‘Collapse of Dignity.’

Fresh from a series of resounding legal victories, Mexican mine workers leader Napoleón Gómez has written a book that exposes the Mexican government’s seven-year campaign to destroy democratic unions and drive down workers’ wages. Gómez won the AFL-CIO’s Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award in 2011.

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UFCW Canada and Mexico's Farm Workers Sign Historic Agreement

The National Farm Workers' Confederation (CNC) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada signed a historic agreement to ensure the rights of migrant agriculture workers are protected and defended in Mexico, Canada and the United States, reports UFCW Canada

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New Reports Allege Widespread Human Rights Abuses in Temporary Worker Recruitment System

Photo courtesy of the Farm and Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

Like many people who come from other countries to work in the United States, Juan José Rosales left his homeland in Mexico to make a better life for himself, trading the prospect of a better financial situation for a temporary amount of time away from. He said a recruiter promised him he would get between $7 and $8 an hour while working in the fair and carnival industry on an H-2B visa. And that's when things went wrong.

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