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How the Colombian Government Keeps Afro-Colombians Poor

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The country's armed conflict has been used by the Colombian government for decades to systematically deny basic labor and human rights. This crisis disproportionately impacts the Afro-Colombian population. A recent trade union delegation to the nation documented how Afro-Colombians have been excluded from economic growth. Despite acknowledging the persistence of racial discrimination and the historic causes of the marginalization, poverty and vulnerability experienced by Afro-Colombians, the government has not taken effective action to address these systemic problems.

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Colombia Must Protect All Workers

Photo of Santos from a previous visit courtesy CAP on Flickr

The government of Colombia continues to allow employers to undermine workers' rights and fails to effectively inspect and prosecute alleged violations of labor laws. Violence against trade unionists often occurs without any effective government response.

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Working People Battle Snowzilla: Winners and Losers of the Week

Working People Battle Snowzilla: Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights.

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Obama Administration’s Crackdown on Immigrants Ignores Due Process and Creates Communities Filled with Fear

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s large-scale deportations.

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How to Tell TPP is a Bad Deal

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How do you tell if the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a good deal or a bad one?

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Fed Up: Stop Breaking Up Families to Undermine Worker Organizing

In 2014, President Barack Obama said that U.S. immigration enforcement policies should focus on actual threats to our security and not interfere with workers' rights. Yet some employers have used immigration law as a way to bust union organizing and collective bargaining efforts. UNITE HERE represents workers at the Ruprecht Co., based in Mundelein, Ill. Watch the video to see what's been happening to working people at the company.

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The Republican Dilemma

The American public is fed up with Washington politics as usual. It is showing in the strength of the “outsider” candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side of the presidential race so far. But the Republicans are faced with a steeper challenge, because this disaffection is deeply rooted in the stagnant wages and incomes of Americans.

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Watch the White House Summit on Worker Voice Live Today

Today is the day for the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, you can watch the summit live right here. The summit is designed to bring together working people, labor leaders, advocates, employers, members of Congress, state and local officials and others to explore ways to make sure that working people are sharing in the benefits of economic growth and have access to a voice on the job.

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Do U.S. Workers Really Have to Rely on Canadian and Mexican Negotiators to Look Out for Our Jobs?

Do U.S. Workers Really Have to Rely on Canadian and Mexican Negotiators to Look Out for Our Jobs?

Throughout 2014 and 2015, the Barack Obama administration and cheerleaders for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have bragged about the “job creation” effects of the TPP. Others have been more skeptical, including the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

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Scott Walker Won't Even Pretend to Care About Working People Anymore: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families or working people who have fought for or won a significant victory. The losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights or the working people who have lost a right or a battle for expanding or keeping their rights.

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