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Mexico Must Change Labor Laws Before Getting Expanded Trade Benefits

Mexico Must Change Labor Laws Before Getting Expanded Trade Benefits

Of the 12 countries that make up the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, Vietnam and Malaysia aren't the only ones with serious labor and human rights deficiencies. Mexico also has an egregious record of failing to protect working people.

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Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Myanmar Officially Recognizes Trade Union Confederation

Fabulous news for working people in Myanmar: The government has officially recognized the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and registered the federation as representing “all Myanmar.”

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IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

IMF: Unionization, Higher Wages Reduce Income Inequality

The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Peruvian Unions File Complaint for Violation of Labor Rights in U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement

Peruvian Unions File Complaint for Violation of Labor Rights in U.S.-Peru Trade Agreement

Imagine if, for more than a dozen years, you got a piece of paper with each paycheck saying you still had a job next week and should come back to work next Monday. Now imagine your best friend at the same garment factory, after 14 years of service, getting a piece of paper that said she should not come back on Monday. Why? Because she supported the union and therefore no longer has a job. 

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Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Swazi Human Rights Leaders Released from Prison

Imprisoned Swazi human rights leader Mario Masuku and student activist Maxwell Dlamini were granted bail today by the Supreme Court of Swaziland, according to the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). The two were charged with terrorism and jailed in May 2014 for slogans they allegedly shouted at a May Day rally.

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The U.S. Must Address Mexico’s Labor Abuses in the TPP

workers at railcar factory in northern Mexico protesting against a protection union that negotiates against their interests

The United States government has taken a bold and positive step by publicly calling out Mexico’s dismal record of labor rights violations in international forums.

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Economics as Religion

General mass of Indignados in Athens Syntagma, Greece (30 June 2011).

Yesterday and today, the world watches, slacked jawed at the endgame of the Greek government’s debt negotiations. The stakes are higher than many Americans understand. So far, the U.S. financial press has viewed this as isolated to the Eurozone. That is in large part because, having endured the Great Recession, there is a view that things are only bad if they threaten the “too big to fail” American banks that can create systemic risks for the U.S. financial sector. But, that view of the world that only bank stability matters is what is so incredulous.

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'Ethnic Cleansing' in the Western Hemisphere: The Impending Deportation Crisis in the Dominican Republic

The deadline has now passed for hundreds of thousands of workers and families in the Dominican Republic to register with the government and they now face the threat of becoming stateless and being deported. There is a long legacy of discrimination against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. However, since a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling that revoked the citizenship of those born in the country since 1929 who could not prove their parents’ migration status, they have been facing increasing levels of violence and discrimination and reports indicate that law enforcement authorities have been “cleansing” neighborhoods of so-called undesirable elements—mainly by detaining Dominicans with Haitian features. Now, these workers and families could be deported to the Haitian border, though many may not have any ties to Haiti, speak little or no Creole, and lack eligibility for Haitian citizenship.

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Six Years After Bagua Massacre, Trade Deals Continue to Threaten Worker Rights and the Environment

Six years ago this week, at least 32 people died in Bagua, Peru, during a protest against regulations the government put in place to comply with the recently inked United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Government forces opened fire on thousands of indigenous people who had blocked a highway, attempting to prevent extractive companies from taking advantage of new rules that made it easier to exploit the Amazon.

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Why We Need to Save FIFA from a Qatar 2022 Disaster

Why We Need to Save FIFA from a Qatar 2022 Disaster

FIFA President Sepp Blatter spent a weekend earlier this year with the emir of Qatar at the Al Bahr palace in Doha. It wasn’t his first visit to the emir’s palace. Since the 2022 World Cup was controversially awarded to Qatar in December 2010, numerous meetings have taken place, modern-day slavery has been exposed and reforms have been promised.

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