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Colombia Must Protect All Workers

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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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Look to Honduras for Reasons the TPP Will Fail

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The U.S. government claims the labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are “gold standard,” but we need to look no further than Honduras to see how inadequate and unenforced labor obligations endanger workers’ lives and weaken workers' rights.

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Worker Protests in Ciudad Juárez Shine a Light on Ongoing Workers' Rights Violations in Mexico

Just across the border with Texas, workers in Ciudad Juárez have been launching brave actions against global manufacturing giants to improve conditions in the low-wage maquiladora sector. Over the past six months, workers at large assembly plants owned by Commscope, Eaton, Foxconn and Lexmark, producing electronics, auto parts and printing supplies for the U.S. market, have launched a series of mobilizations to protest wages as low as $30 per week, unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment and discrimination. Juárez is a major location of such industry, accounting for well over 10% of all such exports from Mexico. In several cases, workers have attempted to form independent unions to defend their rights and have a voice at work.

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Stand with Korean Union Leaders

Stand with Korean Union Leaders

Union leaders in Korea face surveillance, harassment and imprisonment simply for standing up for workers’ rights. This crackdown on dissent is reaching new heights with the investigation of 1,531 people who recently attended a rally, protesting changes to labor laws.

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The Paris Climate Change Agreement Is a Landmark Achievement

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The AFL-CIO applauds the U.N. Paris climate change agreement as a landmark achievement in international cooperation that is both sensible and achievable. We support the use of “nationally determined contributions” and recognize the importance of the transparency mechanisms, which allow appropriate responses if commitments are not met.

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Honduras and CAFTA Show Us One of the Key Reasons Why TPP Should Be Opposed

This week, the governments of Honduras and the United States signed an action plan to begin addressing the widespread failure to enforce labor laws in Honduras. While this is a small step in the right direction, the Honduran government has not fully considered or included workers' recommendations regarding this Monitoring and Action Plan. The Honduran government, employers and unions have reached consensus on some points, but major issues remain unresolved. The action plan should not have been signed until the parties reached agreement on the draft inspection law that is central to the viability of the action plan.

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AFL-CIO EVP Tefere Gebre: 'Refugees Look Like Me'

International events have led to talk of refugees dominating recent news cycles. In a new video, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre explains that refugees look like him.

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Gebre: 'I Don't Think We Can Afford as a Country to Say No to These People'

Gebre: 'I Don't Think We Can Afford as a Country to Say No to These People'

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre spoke with The Huffington Post last week about the Syrian refugee crisis and what it was like when he was a refugee himself, fleeing his home in Ethiopia at the age of 14.

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Trumka: Refugee Crisis Demands American Leadership

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the world refugee crisis and proposed restrictions on the U.S. refugee resettlement system.

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Global Compassion Toward Refugees Highlights Need for G-20 Action

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Overall the majority of people from six G-20 nations, surveyed in the latest International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) poll, agreed that their government should provide vulnerable people who have fled their own country with basic social protections and the right to work.

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