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Egyptian unions in throes of democracy fight

The Egyptian army arrested and temporarily detained two Egyptian steel union leaders in Suez, Egypt, two days before its violent crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, seven Egyptian unions and a human rights center reported.


Puerto Rican phone workers join forces with OPEIU

SAN JUAN, P.R. (PAI)-Members of a union representing 2,000 Puerto Rican telephone workers voted by a 10-1 margin to merge into the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU), the two unions announced on August 14.


Panamanian right cedes to U.S. before elections

The president of Panama is putting on a big show right now. Is it for the benefit of the voters in the 2014 presidential and legislative elections, or is it for the U.S., the historical kingmaker of Panamanian politics?


British postal unions slam privatization plan

There's a big bus trundling around London this week, manned by British postal workers - and they're not doing it for fun or to show sights to tourists


Black trade unionists call for new Cuba policies

Four Cubans being held in U.S. prisons should be released, according to a resolution passed by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists at their 42nd Annual Convention.


Labor a big part of protests in 77 Turkish cities

The Istanbul Gezi Park protests have been coordinated by a broad coalition called "Taksim Solidarity," which is composed of 117 different constituent groups, including trade unions.


International labor pushes to free the Cuban Five

Major unions in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are organizing projects to educate their members and the public on the "Cuban Five."


Trade unions join Turkey protests

Turkish trade unionists have piled into anti-government protests, marching into Istanbul's Taksim Square banging drums and waving banners.


Oaxacan teachers challenge the test

The testing regime in Mexico is as entrenched as it is in the United States, and its political use is very similar - undermining the rights of teachers, and attacking unions that oppose it.


Colombian senator: U.S.-backed labor rights plan a flop

The labor action plan for workers' rights added to the controversial U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is failing, say a Colombian senator and union leaders.

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