Overburdened U.S. diplomats are not pushing the Colombian government to live up to its written commitments on workers' rights and other rights that Colombia agreed to fulfill.
International union organizations are joining a drive to free top Colombian labor leader Huber Ballesteros "without delay."
After decades of displacement, war and poverty, workers in Colombia face the possibility of a better life.
One year after the controversial U.S.-Colombian "free trade agreement", workers' rights have improved on paper, but very little on the ground.
The AFL-CIO described it as "deeply disappointing and troubling."
Unionists face uphill odds in battling against so-called U.S. "free trade" pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
The Steelworkers have laid out, again, a detailed case against all three pending "free trade" agreements - with Colombia, Panama and South Korea - circulating on Capitol Hill.
With the Republicans poised to write draft legislation affirming the controversial trade pact between the U.S. and Colombia, labor stepped up its drive against the agreement.
The Obama administration tells congressional Republicans, biggest backers of so-called "free trade" treaties, they must restore trade aid for workers who lost their jobs to imports.