Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 members voted to send two members to Colombia with a Witness for Peace/Global Exchange labor delegation in January. I was one of them. We went so we could see first-hand the effects $1.3 billion of U.S. aid had on Colombian trade unionists. Known as Plan Colombia, the U.S. sends “counter-narcotics and anti-terrorist aid” to this strife-torn nation of 40 million people. This is what I saw and heard. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the South By AFL-CIO, which passed a resolution condemning terror against Colombian labor, click here.
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Labor Council passed a strongly worded resolution condemning the destruction of the headquarters of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) in Nablus, Palestine, by Israeli F-16 fighter planes.
NEW ORLEANS – As has been the case ever since a team led by John Sweeney, Richard Trumka and Linda Chavez-Thompson assumed the leadership of the AFL-CIO in October 1995, organizing the unorganized was high on the agenda at the recent meeting of the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) held its 23rd annual Florence Criley Awards Dinner here March 3 in celebration of International Women’s Day.