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Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

Report: Enabling Community Organizing, a Key to Reducing Global Gender Inequities

From domestic workers in New York City to garment workers in Bangladesh, women coming together to organize, demand fair treatment and address gender discrimination is critical to realizing women’s rights and economic justice. A new report from the AFL-CIO, the Rutgers Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, Transforming Women’s Work: Policies for an Inclusive Economic Agenda, discusses the critical need to create an enabling environment for worker and community organizing, including inclusive macroeconomic and trade policies that promote decent work in the market and realign gender inequities in unpaid work in the home.

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Honduran Leader Berta Cáceres Murdered in the Midst of a Life of Defending Her Community

In her life and in her death at the hands of assassins this week, Berta Cáceres, a leader in Honduran struggles for social justice, exemplifies the difficult choices that so many Central American communities have faced over the past 40 years. When the region was torn by Cold War struggles and civil war, Cáceres' family gave shelter and support to those fleeing the violence in El Salvador. As a tenuous peace was achieved, and many Hondurans faced poverty and violations of their rights, she went on to study and emerged as a leader for the rights of the Lenca people to stay on their land and sustain their rural communities, rather than migrate to cities that have become some of the most violent in the world or to the United States seeking safety and opportunity for decent work and better lives for their children.

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Colombia Must Protect All Workers

Photo of Santos from a previous visit courtesy CAP on Flickr

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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