Urgent E-Action needed, tell your Rep. to stop Colombia FTA! 11 unionists have been killed in Columbia already this year

The Colombia FTA represents a continuation of the Bush administration’s failed trade policies, an agenda that has contributed to the loss of over 3 million manufacturing jobs since 2000- John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President

URGENT E-ACTION NEEDED BY ALL

from Afl-Cio Webblog story entitled "Act Now to Stop Colombia Free Trade Deal" (3/24/08)
Photo credit: Colombia Indymedia

A Colombian worker in Bogata protests the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
With the U.S. economy in near free fall, President Bush has said he will send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to Capitol Hill and demand a vote before he leaves office next January. Bush has made passing this agreement, which will do next to nothing for the failing U.S. economy, a priority.

Despite objections by the Democratic congressional leadership, the administration may formally send the agreement to Congress as early as next week when Congress returns from its Easter recess on March 31. Under Fast Track trade authority rules, the House of Representatives would likely face an up-or-down vote on the Colombia deal before the end of July.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is calling for an all-out nationwide mobilization to let members of Congress know that working Americans oppose this deal because it is wrong for workers in both countries. (Click here to tell your representative to oppose a trade deal with Colombia until their government makes real progress in protecting the lives and rights of union members.)

Says Sweeney:

The Colombia FTA represents a continuation of the Bush administration’s failed trade policies, an agenda that has contributed to the loss of over 3 million manufacturing jobs since 2000, skyrocketing trade deficits and paychecks that are shrinking at an accelerating rate.

Meanwhile, Colombia remains the most dangerous country in the world in which to be a union member—39 trade unionists were murdered in 2007, and another 11 to date in 2008. Of the more than 2,500 murders of trade unionists since 1986, only about 70 cases—around 3 percent—have resulted in convictions. Read Full Story
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4 comments:

The Union Girl said...

you should also add the tag Colombia Free Trade Agreement and a tag for Chimpy himself and any sell out Dem (and Rep) who votes to bring this piece of shit to the floor.

Joe638NYC said...

Doh! I'm an idiot

ChamberPost said...

Get the facts behind the myths on Labor Violence in Colombia

http://www.chamberpost.com/2008/03/myths-and-facts.html

Joe638NYC said...

Thats funny there Chamber post, aren't you the guys who are the lobby for big business. The same crowd who stated that the first gain in organized labor since 1984 was negligible?

I would take the word of the PRIVATELY FUNDED US Chamber Of Commerce as the same as the word of the Anti-Worker, Anti-Union, Pro-Business corporations.

You can read how I feel about the US Chamber in my article "Anti-Union blogging, adding more misinformation for the masses"

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