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Member Blogs

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:53am

    Campaigners of the Aam Aadmi Party (Party of the Common Man) in New Delhi. Photo by
    François Decaillet

    - By Artika Ashdhir

    With the general elections lurking around the corner, everyone around me is telling me to vote. The social media, news channels, news papers, radio, advertisements are all propagating voting. To be honest before this I had never even given a thought to the fact that I should exercise my right to vote, but...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:35am

    CNM/CUT President Paul Cayres

    Metalworkers from Brazilian metalworkers’ union CNM/CUT signed the first collective labour agreement in the metals sector on Wednesday 16 April.

    The agreement is with ThyssenKrupp Elevators and will establish equality of the Profit Participation and Results (PLR) payment to workers of all business units in the country.

    The agreement was signed at the National Confederation of Metalworkers of CUT (CNM/CUT) offices and was attended by representatives of the union who have, as their base, the company’s...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:42pm
    In a country where relations between Muslims and Christians can be fraught and sometimes escalate into bloodshed, the 5-year-old insurgency is encouraging extremists from both religions and widening the gulf as never before.

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military’s ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

    With an 11-month-old state of emergency in three...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:34pm
    The AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center’s Colombia representative still adheres to the old policy of taming Colombia’s radical unions and encouraging them to follow the AFL-CIO’s business unionism approach.

    When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he told the AFL-CIO convention that he would oppose the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement promoted by then-president Bush “because the violence against unions in Colombia would make a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:25pm
    Philadelphia's only Latino City Council member, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, became emotional while talking about the executive order. "This victory is so huge, not only for the city of Philadelphia but for rest of the country," she said. "And for those of you who do immigrant work and know the faces behind the stories, the people who have suffered who we couldn't save before."

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has publicly signed an executive order that the city will no longer keep immigrants in police custody at the request of Immigration and Customs...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:09pm
    Union officials said that while the contract will expire in about a year and a half, they are well positioned to negotiate future agreements. “We have one year to regroup, and we will continue on with some of the things we didn’t get this time,” said. UIC English Professor Lennard Davis, “We have shown the university what we can do when we organize."

    The University of Illinois at Chicago faculty union reached a tentative contract agreement today with the campus administration, averting a strike that had been scheduled for next week.

    The union said the three-year deal, which...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:58pm
    "When workers stand together in solidarity they can still win against one of the biggest corporations in America."

    Two hundred and fifty UPS drivers, clad in their brown uniforms, rallying in a Queens parking lot, must have been quite a sight. Not very many people got to see it, however. The 90-minute work stoppage outside the Maspeth, Queens, UPS facility on February 26 was a spontaneous protest against the firing, allegedly without due process, of one of their colleagues, Jairo Reyes.

    On March 26, UPS retaliated by beginning to give all 250 notices that they'd be...

  • Portside - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:41pm
    New study concludes that contracting out is undemocratic and leads to corruption as well as lowers wages and benefits.

    Contracting out public services—which aims to help state and local governments save tax dollars—often has a harmful effect on the community, including worsening inequality and lowering wages.

    A recent study, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic and Social Impacts,” finds that the savings of outsourcing varies widely and often diminish over time. The study, by Daphne T. Greenwood of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies at the University of...

  • Beehive Collective - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:25pm

    In Jalcomulco, Veracruz - walking down to the Rio Antigua, threatened by dam projects.


    Veracruz - Arriving at an encampment that's been going strong since late January, to prevent the construction of dams being planned for the Rio Antigua (by a Brazilian company)


    In Jalcomulco, Veracruz - the Rio Antigua, threatened by dam projects.


    Sharing stories in the bus on the way to Jáltipan, Veracruz.


    Contamination from petroleum coke (or petcoke, or coque in Spanish) is an increasingly serious problem in Veracruz, in...
  • Union Solidarity International - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:21am

     

    Shahrokh Zamani

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    @HassanRouhani Release imprisoned trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani now and recognise ILO Conventions 87 and 98 https://t.co/rULzT9D4aG

    — Union Solidarity Int (@USILive) April 16, 2014

     

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