Paramilitary Ties to Elite In Colombia Are Detailed

The news is the latest in a series of reports that have been coming out of Colombia showing the links between the government, paramilitary groups and corporations.  In March, Chiquita admitted to paying millions of dollars to the AUC paramilitary group, which is considered a terrorist group by the US State Department.  The ILRF lawsuit against Drummond, an Alabama-based coal company, which alleges that the company paid paramilitaries to torture, kidnap and murder union leaders has also been getting media coverage.

Chinese Migrant Women Deserve More than a Scholarship from Wal-Mart

This is just another case of Wal-Mart trying to buy out communities by
offering scholarships to migrant women so that they are able to receive a
better education. If Wal-Mart was really
serious about supporting the education of its migrant women factory workers,
why don’t they encourage their suppliers to train women for management level
positions. Of course Wal-Mart would
never do anything so systemic but rather make insulting attempts to make others
think they care about their workers. At
the end of the day, Wal-Mart has just continued to allow blatant worker rights
violations flourish in their Chinese factories and even worse when a problem is
found, then Wal-Mart runs away from the factory. 

Just Say No to Fast Track

FAST TRACK transfers the authority to make trade policy from Congress to the President, eroding democratic participation and essential checks on Executive privilege.

As a result, the Bush Administration has pursued a corporate led free trade agenda which privileges corporate interests over those of the common good.

When President Bush asks for a renewal of Fast Track, we need to make sure that Congress "JUST SAYS NO!"

You can participate in a Signature Ad to urge members of Congress to "Just Say No!" to renewing Fast Track. Your name will appear in a full-page signature ad in the New York Times shortly after the Bush administration presents its new Fast Track request to Congress, most likely in June.

MAY DAY—Historical Day for Labor Rights and an Opportunity to Lift Up Workers Today

Over the next five years, the numbers of undocumented immigrants will only grow as the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is implemented. CAFTA is a free trade agreement between the United States and the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Costa Rica is
also included in the plan but as of yet has not ratified the agreement due to Costa Rican citizens 'widespread and vocalized disapproval of CAFTA. The US contends that free trade between the US and Central America will benefit participant countries by creating jobs and strengthening democracy. But if the results are anything like NAFTA, the agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico, big businesses will be the only ones winning.

Tyson Poultry Worker Demands more from Wal-Mart

I think it was important to let the people know about the
high rate of injury that came from working on a deboning processing line. People need to know about how people get
injured inside of poultry processing plants. They don’t get the proper care from doctors on the company panel.

I enjoyed speaking to the college students and letting them
know what carpel tunnel syndrome is. I
liked explaining to the students what a deboning line was and how people got
injured working in deboning.

Californian farmworker confronts Wal-Mart

I work for an organization in California named “Lideres
Campesinas, Inc.” as an assistant coordinator for the worker conditions program
at the national level and as part of my job, I give presentations on sexual
harassment cases in the workplace, pesticides exposure, pay and work hours,
child labor laws as well as trainings on domestic violence, sexual harassments
and health. We covered themes on breast cancer and cervical caner.  We
also provide education to the farm worker communities on labor rights laws and
health, and we also make sure that their work and human rights are respected in
the workforce.


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