Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Struggle to Organize

The LA Times runs a story today about the Soto murder case. There is nothing new in the article about the murder, but the piece puts this case into the broader context of the Teamsters and other American unions forming alliances with union organizing efforts across the world:

Soto's work and brutal death exemplify two larger trends: U.S. unions are increasingly forming global alliances to match broader changes in the economy, and those alliances are bringing them face to face with the reality of violent union repression in some parts of the world.

About 100 union activists are murdered every year for their work, mostly in Latin America, according to the Geneva-based International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. Hundreds more receive credible death threats, the group said.

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