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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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‘The Nobel Prize is for Labor Movements Around the World’

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler welcomed UGTT Secretary-General Houcine Abassi in a ceremony honoring his work. Credit: Solidarity Center/Kate Conradt

The Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT), a longtime Solidarity Center partner, was at the forefront of the four organizations that recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said today. In a ceremony at the AFL-CIO honoring UGTT Secretary-General Houcine Abassi, Shuler praised Abassi’s courage and tenacity and called the UGTT’s work “inspirational to us in the United States.”

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Labor Law Reforms in Qatar Fall Short; Migrant Workers Still Vulnerable to Forced Labor

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After over a year of anticipation, the government of Qatar last week unveiled its highly touted labor law reforms. While labor rights activists had hoped the reforms might begin to address the widespread abuse of migrant workers and the prevalence of forced labor in Qatar’s massive infrastructure projects, not surprisingly, they fell far short of bringing the labor code in line with international norms. As Qatar is set to host the 2022 World Cup, and 700,000 more migrant workers have been recruited to develop the country at breakneck speed, the lives of thousands of workers could be on the line.

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Tunisia Labor Movement Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisia Labor Movement Shares Nobel Peace Prize

For its role in brokering a peaceful path to democracy, Tunisia’s labor movement today was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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