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24 January 2011

Ocean Sky: Workers Paid 8 Cents for Each $25 NFL T-shirt They Sew

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

Women at the Ocean Sky sweatshop in El Salvador are paid just eight cents for each $25 NFL T-shirt...Workers [on] NFL, Reebok [part of Adidas], Puma, Old Navy (GAP), Columbia, Talbots and Penguin (Munsingwear) [part of Perry Ellis] are drenched in...

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5 February 2010

Stop private firms exploiting poor states [El Salvador]

Author: Kevin Gallagher, The Guardian [UK]

A conflict over gold mining in El Salvador reveals that Cafta [Central American Free Trade Agreement] and similar deals may enable private firms to circumvent environmental laws….Vancouver-based Pacific Rim company says it has discovered gold deposits...

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25 February 2009

Women Exploiting Women [Guatemala]

Author: National Labor Committee & Center for Studies and Support for Local Development (CEADEL)

Women in the U.S. are purchasing clothing sewn by women who are exploited in Guatemala. The Nicotex sweatshop produces clothing for Briggs New York [part of Kellwood] and Lane Bryant [part of Charming Shoppes]...overtime work is common, obligatory...

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27 July 2008
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Author: EFECOM

Más de mil salvadoreños marcharon hoy contra los proyectos de explotación minera en el país, especialmente en rechazo a los que pretende desarrollar la empresa canadiense Pacific Rim en el noreste del territorio…[E]l Gobierno ha dicho que no concederá...

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25 February 2008

Labour standards – Turning round a race to the bottom

Author: Ethical Corporation

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)...has been tasked [by the US Govt.] with determining labour best practices [in Central America], demonstrating them in action and disseminating them as widely as possible...One key differentiator is the link it...

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12 March 2007

Why a ‘grand deal’ on labour could end trade talks

Author: [comment] Theodore Moran, professor of international financial diplomacy, Georgetown Univ.; Gary Hufbauer senior fellow at Peterson Institute of International Economics [USA], in Financial Times

US congressional Democrats, led by Sandy Levin and Barney Frank, are insisting that core labour standards promoted by the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation be included in forthcoming trade agreements as part of a “grand bargain”. They...

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5 January 2007

Labor Rights Not Optional [USA]

Author: Susan Aaronson, George Washington Univ.

...Congress [recently] required the executive branch to negotiate trade agreements that promote respect for workers' rights... But so far, this objective has not been matched by reality. Bush administration officials were not keen to press America's...

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1 January 2007

Pregnancy discrimination in Latin America: the exclusion of "employment discrimination" from the definition of "labor laws" in the Central American Free Trade Agreement

Author: Emily Miyamoto Faber, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law [USA]

This Article will focus principally on the labor provisions in NAFTA and CAFTA...In relation to labor protections, pregnancy discrimination is an issue of growing importance in U.S.-Latin America FTAs. Pregnancy discrimination is considered a form of...

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1 January 2007

[DOC] Reality Bites: The Myth of Labor Rights as a Non-trade Issue

Author: Susan Aaronson, George Washington Univ.

This article explores how the US and the EU have made labor rights a trade agreement issue. I focus on 3 case studies: the EU, the U.S., and the members of the WTO... I discuss what the EU and the US do to promote labor rights abroad. Both trade...

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14 August 2005

A Toxic Trade-off

Author: Daphne Eviatar, Washington Post

How can a multinational corporation that objects to local environmental, health or safety regulations sue a national government? That license is provided under NAFTA. Once CAFTA is signed, it will provide the same right. [refers to Glamis Gold]

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