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In a time when the globalized economy means that steelworkers in Bahia, Brazil, work for the same multinational as their counterpart
Bahia, Brazil, work for the same multinational as their counterparts in Beaumont, Texas, AFL-CIO is ramping up efforts to help workers organize around the world and fight against bad international trade deals that strip workers of their rights and give corporations unchecked power. Delegates to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles passed two resolutions directly dealing with these important issues.
Given the changing strategies used by multinational corporations to weaken workers’ rights, the AFL-CIO is committing to building strategic alliances with unions and other advocates for working families across the globe. With a foundation built upon ILO core labor standards, the AFL-CIO will seek to ensure that countries across the world have strong national labor laws that are effectively enforced. More research is needed to fully understand the new ways that work is being organized globally, how work moves from location to location and what strategies are most effective for strengthening worker power. Continue reading “Global Organizing and a New Approach to Trade and Globalization”