ILRF's Fairness in Flowers Campaign 2009 Mother's Day Tour


Come hear Amanda Camacho, a Colombian Flower Worker and Union Leader, Speak Out Against the Harsh Working Conditions in the Cut Flower Industry!

Amanda Camacho is the president of ASOPAPAGAYO, a Colombian union of flower workers. She is a single mother of two adolescent boys, she has been working at the same flower plantation for the last 14 years, enduring low pay, long hours and health and safety hazards. Amanda says that she has chosen to stay at the company not only out loyalty, but as a strategy to organize and work towards better conditions for all flower workers. She will discuss the challenges of organizing her plantation and her unions' most recent victories.

According to Amanda, “I chose to take action because I am tired of the humiliations from my employers.”

The tour is co-sponsored by ILRF, SFJwJ, USLEAP, SEIU Local 32BJ Latino Caucus, Trade Unionists in Solidarity with Colombia (TUSC), NYSUT and UFCW Local 348

See Amanda in DC on May 5th or in New York City on May 7th and 8th!

Click here to see her in Chicago with USLEAP

Washington, DC

A Mother's Day Brownbag: Meet Amanda Camacho, a Colombian Cut-flower Worker and Union Leader

Tuesday, May 5th, 12-1:30

AFL-CIO, Cesar Chavez Room

815 16th St NW

Hosted by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, DC Jobs With Justice and the ILRF, this casual brownbag lunch reception will give local women labor leaders a chance to exchange stories of union organizing and working womens’ issues with Amanda.

A Mother’s Day Congressional Briefing: Working Women in Global Export Industries

Wednesday, May 6th, 1:30-3pm

US Congress

2257 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Hosted by co-chairs Rep. Phil Hare and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of the House International Worker Rights Caucus

For nearly a decade, the ILRF and the International Workers Rights Caucus (IWRC) have worked together to raise awareness of worker exploitation in the global economy. The IWRC is made up of Members of Congress concerned about trade and international workers' rights. It has played an important role in promoting the enforcement of labor rights through trade policy and other legislative mechanisms.

In light of Mothers Day, the IWRC, hosted by Representative Phil Hare (D-IL) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), will show Congress and the public stories of Amanda Camacho and Mirna Lizeth Chavarria Lopez, two women workers from Colombia and Honduras. Both women labor leaders decided that they would no longer withstand their harsh working conditions so they organized unions to demand dignity and better conditions.

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For more information, please contact Eva Seidelman at eva [at]

New York, New York

A Flower Workers’ Story: Union Organizing in Colombia

Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 pm

SEIU Local 1199, 310 W 43rd St. 7th Floor

Contact Carlos at 347-546-3170 with questions

Friday, May 8th, 1-3pm

SEIU Local 32BJ Headquarters Auditorium

101 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10013

Amanda will discuss the harsh working conditions and labor injustices on the flower plantation where she's worked for over a decade. Amanda will tell her story of surviving on poverty wages as a single mother. (Colombia exports 80% of its flowers to the US market and has a pending Free Trade Agreement with the US.)

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For more information, please contact Saul Nieves at snieves [at] or Eva Seidelman at eva [at]

Farm to Grocery Store: Workers in Global Supply Chains Unite

Friday, May 8th, 6:30-8:30pm

Musicians Union Local 802, Clubroom

322 W 48th Street (just west of 8th Avenue)

New York, NY 10036

Co-sponsored by International Labor Right Forum, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, The Cornell Global Labor Institute, Brandworkers International

This panel will bring together workers or experts that represent different points in food and agricultural supply chains controlled by international food corporations. Panelists will include:

Jose Schiffino, Jose Schiffino, Chairperson, Fair Trade Committee of the NYC chapter of the Labor Council for Latin‐American Advancement (LCLAA)

Amanda Camacho, Colombian flower worker

Angela Lomosi, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Africa

Brandworkers, Wild Edible Campaign Worker

Gourmet Grocery Worker

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For more information, please contact Eva Seidelman at eva [at] or (202) 347-4100 or Moriah Kinberg moriahkinberg [at]