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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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International Solidarity Helps Fijian Workers

In this era of bad news about wages, inequality and egregious anti-worker behavior from employers, it’s good to celebrate wins for workers. This week, Fijian workers got a big win at the meeting of the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO). 

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Global Labor Unions Lead the Fight to Advance Rights and Equality for Working Women

ICYMI, the United Nations this month examined women's equality worldwide and invited some special guests (including AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler) to discuss ways to improve the lives of working women across the globe. 

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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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The Ability Factor: Helping Employers Overcome Stereotypes

People with disabilities can bring unique skills and abilities to the workplace but are often excluded from participating in the economy because of prejudice and stereotypes. This new video (see above) explores why hiring workers with disabilities makes sense for businesses.

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Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Tell Maker of the North Face, Timberland to Sign Bangladeshi Fire and Safety Pact

Following the tragic building collapse that killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers last April and fires in 2012 that claimed the lives of more than 400 clothing workers, Bangladeshi workers began building a global movement to make sure it will never happen again.

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International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

International Women's Day: Where Does the U.S. Rank in Gender Equality for Women Workers?

In the United States, a woman makes only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. The majority of minimum wage and tipped workers are women. Nearly 40 million workers don’t have a single paid sick day. And here’s just one more incredible stat about women in our country: The U.S. has paid maternity and parental benefits similar to Swaziland, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea. That is to say, zilch.

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Global Union Movement: Making Equality for Women a Reality

Global Union Movement: Making Equality for Women a Reality

As International Women’s Day approaches, the global labor movement is mobilizing to put teeth into the celebration’s 2014 theme, “Equality for women is progress for all.” The AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center allies around the world also are getting set to highlight the struggles of working women with actions that include rallies by banana workers who are members of the union SITRABI in Guatemala and a conference honoring women workers from Jordan and Palestine. (Follow Women’s Day actions on Twitter with the hashtag #IWD2014.)

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Your 'Free Trade' Video Watch List (Plus a TPP Comic)

Image via Economix Comix

Check out this great new video, "Washington's Dirty Little (Trade) Secret," debunking promises about the job creation effects of NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea FTA....It makes you wonder why we should believe those promises this time around?

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