Fighting for worker justice in the global economy.
Jun 30, 2014 -- Since the 1990’s, the Colombian government has pursued an economic policy of market liberalization and privatization of public utilities. In the southern Colombian city of Cali, labor and community organizations, such as the Sindicato de las Empresas Municipales de Cali – SINTRAEMCALI (Municipal Workers Union of Cali), have been fighting to retain public control over their utilities. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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 ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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. ...Read more »
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 ...Read more »
Mar 12, 2013 -- March 22 Update. Take Action Now. Workers reported this week that plain clothes security guards, employed by the company, have boarded buses that carry workers to the plantation, and with guns in ...Read more »
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