Justice delayed…the long road of the Guatemala CAFTA complaint

Dec 10, 2014 -- In September, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will finally proceed to arbitration against the Government of Guatemala, more than six years after a complaint was filed alleging that Guatemala was violating the labor standards contained in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). ...
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Sindicalista bajo amenaza: Jorge Iván Vélez Calvo

Jun 30, 2014 -- Since the 1990’s, the Colombian government has pursued an economic policy of market liberalization and privatization of public utilities. ...
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Low Wages and Union Violence Tarnish Guatemala’s Banana Trade

May 2, 2014 -- In 2013, Guatemala climbed the ladder of global banana exporters, taking second spot for volume worldwide and overtaking Costa Rica and Colombia for the first time. ...
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Sindicalista Bajo Amenaza: Óscar Arturo Orozco

Mar 3, 2014 -- Nearly three years after the launch of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (negotiated by the Obama and Santos Administrations to address concerns about Colombia’s poor labor and human rights record), trade union leaders continue to be murdered, assaulted, fired, and threatened for exercising their fundamental right to organize.  ...
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A win for Honduran banana workers!

Dec 19, 2013 -- In response to pressure from ILRF, USLEAP and allies, Rainforest Alliance announced earlier this week that it will decertify the Tres Hermanas plantations due to management’s ongoing campaign of discrimination and harassment against members of the SITRAINBA union. ...
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Colombian Trade Unionist Assassinated, Others Face Immediate Risk

Nov 16, 2013 -- Oscar López Triviño was murdered on Nov. 9 in the Colombian city of Bugalagrande a day after he and other members of his union, SINALTRAINAL, received death threats from paramilitaries. The union had been on hunger strike at Nestlé beginning Nov. 5. ...
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Memorial in DC for Stephen Coats

Nov 1, 2013 -- The Board of Directors of USLEAP invites you join us on Nov. 26th to honor Stephen Coats. To our great shock and sadness Steve passed away suddenly last April. He was the Executive Director of the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project since 1990. ...
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USLEAP Has a New Home!

Sep 26, 2013 -- It has now been nearly six months since the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Stephen Coats, the executive director of USLEAP.  Since his passing many of you have come forward with the most beautiful and inspired letters on how Stephen’s wholehearted commitment to the daily work of fig ...
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Honduran Union Leader Faces Death Threats

Jul 25, 2013 -- Long-time Honduran union leader José María Martínez of FESTAGRO is facing serious and repeated death threats for speaking out for banana workers' rights. ...
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Remembering Executive Director Stephen Coats, 1952-2013

Apr 3, 2013 -- It is with great sadness that we write that our beloved Executive Director of US LEAP, Stephen Coats, passed away the night of April 1 at the age of 61.  The cause was a heart attack resulting from a blocked artery.  ...
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Honduras CAFTA Labor Complaint Now a Year Old

Mar 27, 2013 -- This week marks the first anniversary of the filing of a CAFTA labor complaint on Honduras on March 26, 2012.  The complaint, submitted by two dozen Honduran unions and NGOs along with the AFL-CIO, documents the failure of the Honduran government to enforce its own labor laws, provid ...
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