Labor News

Free trade not what it seems

If you are a Kmart shopper or a rancher in Montana; a mom and dad wondering about what the kids will do once they finish school; or a retiree, worried about pension and health care, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is not for you.

Marching to Miami: Stop the FTAA!

PITTSBURGH – As far as working families are concerned, nothing good came out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Economic Policy Institute estimates that NAFTA has cost 765,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs since 1993.

Solidarity urged for S. Korean unionists

Unionists seeking to organize South Korean construction workers are facing a concerted campaign of harassment including “unwarranted and unjust” police investigations of the organizing drive, the Korean Federation of Construction Industries Union (KFCITU) said in a solidarity appeal issued Oct. 16.

Aluminum unions form global network

MONTREAL – Pledging “our full support to help other unions across the globe that represent workers in the aluminum industry when they are in need of our solidarity,” 160 delegates from 17 nations at the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) World Aluminum conference addressed growing dangers being posed by global aluminum corporations Oct. 6.

Rally for jobs says Stop the FTAA

PARMA, Ohio – At a town hall meeting held in the community center of this Cleveland suburb, Tom Frisbie, president of Cleveland’s AFL-CIO, denounced the loss of 766,000 jobs since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Freedom Ride momentum strengthens FTAA fight

Opinion In the early spring, activists across the nation started preparing for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that began on Sept. 23 and peaks in New York City on Oct. 4.

The why of massive migration

The current high level of immigration into the United States is part of a worldwide phenomenon. Almost every industrial country in the world is registering large numbers of people from poorer countries who are arriving without papers every day.

Australian teachers defend public schools

Teachers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have conducted 24-hour work stoppages and nationwide protests as part of the Australian Education Union’s (AEU) efforts to make education a top-level national priority.

Land to the tiller! Mexico and land reform

Mexican farmers have promised militant demonstrations at the WTO meeting in Cancun, Sept. 10-14, against the corporate-controlled globalization policies that are ruining them. A long history precedes this development.

Stop the FTAA, On to Miami!

Thousands will be marching in the streets of Miami, Florida, during the week of Nov. 17-21, protesting the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA). They will pour into Miami from all over the country and from all over the world. The protesters will be trade unionists, anti-globalization activists, environmentalists, family farmers, religious activists, civil and human rights activists. Thousands will come to Miami to make their voices heard at a meeting of trade ministers from around the Americas.

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