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Three Years After Colombia Deal, Workers Still Face Violence, Impunity and Unfair Working Conditions

Three years ago today, the U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement entered into force. At the time, many of the same promises that are being thrown around in the Fast Track debate also were being discussed in terms of Colombia—that the trade agreement would promote better labor conditions and create good jobs.

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U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

U.N. Report: Despite Progress, Women Still Face Pervasive Economic and Social Inequality

This week, the United Nations released its annual report on the Progress of the World’s Women. Called “Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights,” this year’s edition is focused on economic empowerment. As the report highlights, while there has been important progress regarding gender equality, entrenched economic and social inequality remains throughout the world.

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On Anniversary of the Disaster, Workers Demand Justice for Rana Plaza

Photo courtesy NYU Stern BHR on Flickr

On April 24, workers around the world are taking action to demand justice for Bangladeshi garment workers on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

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Rana Plaza, 2 Years Later: Garment Workers Under Siege

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April 24 is the two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,130 garment workers. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell reports that in the months after the 2013 tragedy, global outrage spurred much-needed changes, including the closing of dozens of unsafe factories, the adoption of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and, most significantly, the formation and recognition of workers’ unions by the Bangladeshi government.

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Despite Labor Action Plan, Colombian Unionists Still Targeted for Death

Photo via Justice for Colombia

In the four years since the United States and Colombia signed the Labor Action Plan—a precursor  to the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement—to address entrenched labor rights violations, Colombian workers have suffered more than 1,933 threats and acts of violence, including 105 assassinations of union activists and 1,337 death threats, according to the latest report  issued by Escuela Nacional Sindical (Colombia’s National Union School).

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AFL-CIO Backs Baja Farm Workers’ Rights

The AFL-CIO has urged the Mexican government to ensure that the rights of some 80,000 agricultural workers in Baja California—including tens of thousands who have been on strike in the San Quintin Valley—are protected.

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Immigrant Workers Take Their Case to Human Rights Commission

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After nearly nine years of waiting, two immigrant workers who suffered serious workplace injuries were able to bring their cases to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)—an international body that promotes and protects human rights in the Americas. However, because of dysfunctional U.S. immigration policies the workers could not be in the room. In fact, both of them faced deportation threats after seeking workers’ compensation after their accidents. Now they are challenging the U.S. government's failure to protect their rights from their homes in Mexico, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Employment Law Project and the University of Pennsylvania's Transnational Legal Clinic.

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Uber–U.N. Partnership Won’t Drive Women to Workplace Equality

This week, as thousands of women gathered at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to assess the progress of women’s rights 20 years after the historic Beijing Women’s Conference, participants were shocked to learn of a major plan to expand the low-wage Uber model around the world and create even more precarious work for women workers. 

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Women Workers Around Globe United by Struggles

Thousands of activists from around the world, including a delegation of more than 100 trade unionists from America's unions, gathered in New York City this week for the 59th annual meetings of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

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How Much Progress for Women in Past 20 Years?

How Much Progress for Women in Past 20 Years?

As more than 8,500 union members and other civil society activists gather at the United Nations in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women meeting, new research shows women have made some gains in the two decades since the landmark global meeting on women in Beijing but continue to suffer from economic insecurity and widespread discrimination and inequality in the workplace.

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