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More Than 100 Workers, Environmentalists and Activists Came Out to Tell Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim That El Salvador Is Not for Sale

Last week, more than 100 people gathered outside the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which is housed in the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Inside, three individuals sat down to decide whether or not the government of El Salvador will be forced to hand over $300 million to a mining corporation for prioritizing community needs and clean water over a gold mine.

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Peru Supersizes Its Backslider Legislation

Peru Supersizes Its Backslider Legislation

Poor Peru. It seems international investors might be losing interest in sending money its way. For those who argue that it is too hard to compete in international trade when you have decent rules on the books about inspecting workplaces, enforcing safety regs or protecting the environment, Peru has responded, “No problem! We’ll just push through a jumbo pack of regressive changes to undo good laws passed on promises of a more just, inclusive and sustainable society.” Sound shocking? Maybe. But also true. That’s exactly what the government of Peru did on July 11, rolling back both labor and environmental laws.

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Better Ways to Bring Democracy, Workers' Rights and Opportunity to Sub-Saharan Africa

Better Ways to Bring Democracy, Workers' Rights and Opportunity to Sub-Saharan Africa

The AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center released a new policy brief Thursday on how to improve the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and ensure that it delivers on its ambitious goals of supporting democratic governance, enhancing civil society, combating corruption and promoting the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Fight for Fair Wages Continues in Haiti

Photo by Cesar de la Cruz

Even before a 7.0 magnitude earthquake decimated much of the country in 2010, many Haitians struggled to earn anything close to a living wage. As the country continues to rebuild, one strategy embraced by the United States and Haitian governments has been the development of export-oriented industries, particularly apparel. The apparel sector has grown by more than 45% since the earthquake. In 2013, the industry represented 9% of Haiti’s GDP and 89% of its export earnings. Unfortunately, these gains are not reaching workers.

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The U.S. Government Must Change Its Buying Practices to Protect and Respect Workers' Rights in Its Own Supply Chain

A worker sews pants for a military contractor, Propper International, at the BKI plant in the CODEVI industrial area in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, where workers are paid .72 an hour (below the minimum wage) and are regularly sickened by dirty drinking water.

Today’s New York Times reported a comprehensive overview of child labor, forced overtime, wage violations and other illegal, dangerous and inhumane conditions at factories that produce apparel for the U.S. government in Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. As the story reminds us, the U.S. government is a major buyer at the top of numerous supply chains. 

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The Next NAFTA Is Around the Corner (and What You Can Do About It)

Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those promises have failed to materialize. U.S. trade deficits with both Canada and Mexico have surged, crippling domestic industries, prompting massive job displacement and the replacement of living wage union jobs with jobs in sectors with low pay, minimal benefits and no job security. 

Don’t let corporations hijack another trade deal. Sign the petition here

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