‘COLOMBIA: More than 900 unionists murdered since 2000. Protection now! No to impunity!’
Excerpts from an article by Lori Wallach, Director of the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch:
Shame on the Obama administration: Two years after it announced its “Labor Action Plan” to grease passage of a Bush-negotiated Free Trade Agreement (FTA), death threats [...]
From Global Research:
‘Obama, don’t touch Central America,’ protesting privatization of public resources in El Salvador
The corporate-financier drive to privatize the Salvadoran economy has taken the form of the proposed Public-Private Partnership law which, if approved, would grant the government the right to sell off national resources, infrastructure and services to foreign multinationals. In [...]
Opinion by Retired Adm. James A. Lyons, who was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations:
Foreign ships get a break reserved for the U.S. fleet
For more than 200 years, the United States Merchant Marine has been a key element in our overall [...]
Obama has trumpeted his infrastructure spending, including about $48 billion within the stimulus package, but has balked at raising the fuel tax. There is little indication that Obama would change his position and secure a new revenue source for infrastructure funding. His proposal to use funding dollars, freed up through the ending of wars in [...]
A columnist examines what a different election outcome would have meant for democracy in Latin America:
While Obama’s stance toward Latin America has been far from progressive recognizing coup governments of Honduras and Paraguay; signing free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Peru; and dragging feet on immigration reform – it is the “diet” imperialism [...]
The American Radio Association, the Inlandboatmen’s Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association endorse Obama-Biden ticket. The members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are fully committed to the future growth and economic viability of the United [...]
The Port of Prince Rupert has become the first marine facility to implement a new cargo screening project as part of a new Canada-US security agreement.
Under the new pilot project, the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, any cargo arriving at the port must be screened upon arrival, which when cleared, will be free to move [...]
Transparency has become an issue of the Pacific-region talks, with consumer, labor and environmental groups siding with some U.S. lawmakers who want participants to make their positions public.
Dozens of groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with negotiators during Pacific-region trade talks in Leesburg, Virginia, as protesters called [...]
Eliminating Davis Bacon? Implementing Right-to-work-for-less? Bashing “Union CEO Bosses” and “Old-school liberals”? It’s all in there and more. Click on the image above or on this link to see what Mitt Romney thinks of workers’ unions.
Two months after a free-trade agreement between the United States and Colombia went into effect, workers and activists are warning that U.S.-stipulated labour reforms have not been fully implemented and have yet to result in promised improvements in the lives of workers.
“We ask President (Barack) Obama to push for more guarantees for Colombian workers,” [...]
Text published recently at the Huffington Post:
A 2006 study found that El Salvador’s San Sebastian River contains 100,000 times more acid than uncontaminated bodies of water in the same region and levels of poisonous cyanide more than 10 times higher than the maximum allowed by the World Health Organization. In 2006 the Salvadoran [...]
The Wall Street Journal reported that ‘Terence Flynn, a Republican who has served on the five-member board since Jan. 9, after a recess appointment by President Barack Obama, submitted his resignation letter to the president and to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce on Friday evening, the NLRB said. The brief letter, dated May 25, didn’t [...]
Union member Carlos Arturo Castro Casas, a 41 year-old engineer and father of three, was killed while working on May 23, 2011. His union, SINTRAEMCALI, which represents public sector workers, reported that Castro Casas was was killed while working in the El Poblado sector of the city. The car he was travelling in was [...]
Excerpts from In These Times, March 15:
Last May, AFL-CIO President Trumka declared labor’s political independence by pledging to use the power of Super PACS to reach out to nonunion voters and build labor’s own political organization and message outside of the Democratic Party. Yesterday, the leaders of the labor federation unanimously endorsed President Obama [...]
Cities that primarily deal with Asia – including Los Angeles and Long Beach – are best positioned to increase the export of machinery, transportation and chemical goods made in the United States, according to “U.S. Metro Economies: Exports in the Next Decade,” a 46-page report prepared by IHS Global Insight, an economic analysis firm based [...]