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Trade, Violence and Migration: The Broken Promises to Honduran Workers

AFL-CIO delegation to Honduras.

In 2014, thousands of refugees from Central America fled violence, repression and poverty and made the perilous, often deadly, journey to the United States. As many as 74,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border in 2014, some 18,000 of them from Honduras, where children and their families are fleeing their communities at a higher rate than in any other country in Central America. 

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Haiti’s Workers Still Struggling Five Years After Devastating Earthquake

Five years ago today an earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving another 1.5 million homeless. The disaster was followed by a string of tropical storms and a cholera epidemic that killed at least 8,000 people. Haiti is slowly rebuilding, albeit unevenly. More than 85,000 displaced Haitians still live in tent camps. Despite billions of dollars in international aid and philanthropy going to Haiti, poor management of the funds and rampant subcontracting has hindered the recovery. Workers and unions have been on the front lines in the reconstructions efforts in Haiti providing direct assistance, with unions like AFT and the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center leading numerous aid and relief projects.

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AFL-CIO Urges Obama to Promote Human Rights and Equitable Development on Both Sides of the Border

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President Barack Obama hosted President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico in Washington, D.C., today and, as emphasized in a letter sent by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the global trade union movement is deeply concerned by the human rights crisis in Mexico, which harms working people on both sides of the border.

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.

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Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Struggling for Human Rights, Achieving Women's Empowerment

Each year on Dec. 10, the global community marks International Human Rights Day, anchored in the founding document of the United Nations, which asserts that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights. 

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Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Fought for Human Rights and Union Rights

Today is International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the prime movers behind the declaration was Eleanor Roosevelt. As Mary Jo Binker and Brigid O’Farrell write on the History News Network that was just one piece of her long post-White House, progressive—and pro-union—activist life after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1945 death. Something they say was glossed over in the recent Ken Burns series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

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Got a T-Shirt? Chances Are Child Labor Was Involved

Got a T-Shirt? Chances Are Child Labor Was Involved

Cotton production involves the most child labor and forced labor in the world, according to the 2014 “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

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On Global Day to Abolish Slavery, Protesters Target Qatar, FIFA

On Tuesday, Washington, D.C., area labor and human rights activists gathered outside the Embassy of Qatar to protest the country’s abhorrent record of human rights abuses and forced labor in an action marking U.N. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. 

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Global Unions Call for Pension Plans to Make Corporate Tax Responsibility a Top Priority

Labor leaders from around the world, whose union members participate in pension plans worth more than $20 trillion, launched a new initiative to tackle global corporate tax avoidance and called for pension plans to promote a fair and sustainable tax system. The effort seeks to limit corporate tax-dodging that deprives governments of needed revenue to fund investment in public services like infrastructure and education.

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Two Years after Fatal Tazreen Fire, Life Worse for Survivors

Shahanaz, who survivied the deadly Tazreen blaze, says her health continues to worsen. Photo: Randall Kindle/Solidarity Center

Nov. 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers. 

Since then, at least 30 garment workers have died in factory fires and 844 have been injured in 68 incidents, according to data collected by Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the capital. Many of the survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again. 

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