May 31, 2012
To fix America’s jobs crisis, there first must be a mass political movement to restore democracy, CWA President Larry Cohen said last week. Read More
Tell Congress vote no on a free trade deal with Colombia that would put American workers in an unfair race to the bottom with a country that has few human and workers’ rights..
»Tell Congress NO.
In Colombia, just 100,000 workers out of 20 million have bargaining rights. 85% of working Colombians are misclassified as contractors and “cooperativos.” These millions of workers don’t have bargaining rights and also are denied health care benefits and retirement security because they don’t have “employee status.”
The proposed free trade agreement calls for both the United States and Colombia to adopt the five fundamental rights outlined by the International Labor Organization, which include the right to form and join a union and the right to collective bargaining. The U.S. Congress has not adopted these conventions and is unlikely to do so now. And even if the Colombian government approved these fundamental rights, the proposed agreement has no real enforcement provisions. Read more »
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Oct 13, 2011
Following House passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday night, CWA expressed deep disappointment that Congress choose to ignore the country's gross abuses of workers' rights and the deadly violence against people who fight for unionization. Read More
Oct 12, 2011
The House of Representatives has passed the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, rewarding those who abuse workers' rights. Read More
Oct 11, 2011
The Communications Workers of America today released "As Goes Avianca: How One Company Represents the Problems and Challenges of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement & the Action Plan on Labor Rights." The case study outlines the challenges that go unaddressed by the proposed agreement's Labor Action Plan by looking at the actions of the Colombian-based airline as they relate to it. Read More