Assassination Stress Tests: White House Moves NAFTA-Style Colombia Trade Deal

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 2:10 pm

The Obama Adminstration announced today it intends to move to Congress a NAFTA-style trade deal with Colombia (better known as Colombian “Free Trade”). The hold up for the last five years has been the little issue of union members being assassinated in Colombia. Specifically, 2,850 trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia in the last 25 years, including 52 murdered in 2009.

Good news! The Obama Administration and Colombia have agreed to an “Action Plan” to reduce those assassinations in the next 3 months before Congress ratifies the NAFTA-style trade deal. As Marcy Wheeler noted, those checkpoints are essentially “assassination stress tests” – a meaningless series of goals without real enforcement, and without a requirement that the number of murders is actually, you know, reduced.

 

GOP War on Labor Goes Federal; Bill Will Hamper Unions’ Ability to Strike, Organize

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 12:15 pm

Buried in the law to reform welfare programs, House Republicans have added a provision to make it more difficult for union members to strike.

Democrats Announce Union-Free 2012 Convention (Update: DNC’s Kaine: “North Carolina Has a Story to Tell”)

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 2:20 pm

This morning the Democratic National Committee announced that its 2012 convention will be held in Charlotte, NC. North Carolina has another distinction: it’s the least union state in the country, with just 3.2% of its workers belonging to a union (coming behind even Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi). And the DNC’s host city of Charlotte has exactly 0 (zero) union hotels in which the 15,000+ visitors will stay for the convention. Finally, the host venue in Charlotte, the Time Warner Cable Arena, does not appear to have any union workers.

Tough Economy? Join a Union

By: Thursday January 31, 2008 10:30 am

Join me in welcoming Amy M. Traub, director of Research at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.

President Bush seems to have discovered that the economy is turning sour just in time for his State of the Union address. But for current and aspiring middle-class Americans, things have been tough for some time.

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