Posted on November 14, 2014 by paulgarver
by Paul Garver
Gilberto Soto was an American citizen of Salvadorean origin, who had been organizing port truck drivers for the Teamsters In New Jersey. In 2004 he revisited El Salvador to visit his family and celebrate his 50th birthday. Because of a local news report that he was interested in supporting unionized dock workers who had been fired after privatization, he was gunned down by three armed members of a death squad. The local police refused to investigate, asserting that Soto was the victim of a robbery (even though his wallet was not taken).
The short video, produced by Ron Carver, cites other recent unsolved assassinations of unionists and other citizens fighting for their rights in El Salvador. Despite the election of a pro-FMLN government, the intellectual authors of these crimes are never successfully prosecuted.
Organizing of port truckers and other transport and dock workers is a core necessity for the workers’ movement in most countries, including the USA, as evidenced by the heroic efforts to organize immigrant truckers in southern California.
Filed under: Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Organizing, Solidarity, Video | Tagged: El Salvador, port workers, Ron Carver, truckers | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 23, 2014 by dcampbell1
Honduras Near ‘Failed State’ Status Due to Free Trade Agreement, Says Labor and Latino Leaders
By Michael Oleaga. Latin Post.
Representatives from national Latino and labor organizations described the situation one of the Central American countries as “unbearable,” and natives continue to migrate north into Mexico and the United States.
Communication Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) Executive Director Pablo Alvarado were among a group of individuals visiting Honduras Oct. 12-15 to meet with Honduras on how the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) benefited the country. Alvarado, Cohen and Gebre agreed Honduras has not seen improvements from the agreement, which was implemented 10 years ago.
The CAFTA-DR agreement has been regarded as the first free trade agreement between the U.S. and the smaller developing economies of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the agreement would create “new economic opportunities by eliminating tariffs, opening markets, reducing barriers to services, and promoting transparency.” Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Communication Workers of America, Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement, El Salvador, Honduras, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Pablo Alvarado, United State | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 16, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Tula Connell
Workers at AERODESPACHOS in El Salvador sought better job safety–and 96 were fired. Photo: CEAL
The promotional website for AERODESPACHOS in El Salvador features workers loading airplanes, transporting baggage and servicing engines. Yet while the airline ground services company wants to showcase its workforce, it is unwilling to provide safe working conditions and decent wages, its employees say. And when the ground servicing crew sought to address safety and health issues by forming a union, AERODESPACHOS fired 96 employees—nearly its entire staff—to reduce the number of workers seeking to join a union and so legally disqualify their efforts.
Tell the El Salvadoran government to end its contract with AERODESPACHOS and work to reinstate the employees.
Filed under: Global organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: AERODESPACHOS, Center for Worker Education and Support, El Salvador | Leave a comment »