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  • Thursday, June 8, 2006 Laborers and National Day Laborer Organizing Network to Join Together to Fight for Immigrant Rights, Day Labor Centers

    Laborers' International Union of North America

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  • Tuesday, June 6, 2006 U.S. and Korean Labor Say NO to NAFTA

    Repeat Change to Win, Korean Labor Unions and AFL-CIO Tell Their Governments We Can’t Afford Another Free Trade Agreement That Protects Corporations at the Expense of Workers and the Environment

    WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the four main labor federations in the United States and Korea today joined forces to tell their governments to slow down negotiations of a U.S.-Korea Free Trade agreement (KORUS FTA). The leaders from Change to Win (CtW), the AFL-CIO, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) signed a joint statement expressing their concerns about the launch of free trade agreement negotiations that begin in Washington this week.

    Saying that preliminary negotiations and statements from their respective governments indicate that the KORUS FTA is following the failed NAFTA model, which sacrificed workers’ rights and environmental protections in favor of strong protections for multinational corporate interests, the groups called for a moratorium on the FTA talks so that the governments can create a labor-friendly model of trade and cooperation, consult with civil society groups including labor unions, conduct social impact evaluations, and negotiate in a transparent manner. They also called on their governments to ratify the International Labour Organization’s conventions 87 and 98, which call for all workers to have the freedom to associate and organize.

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  • Monday, June 5, 2006 A Letter to Congress from US Trade Unions Opposing More US Aid to the Colombian Military and the Andean Free Trade Agreement

    Dear Member of Congress:

    In light of the approaching congressional consideration of the FY 2007 foreign aid appropriations bill and the recently negotiated Andean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) with Colombia, we write to you today as U.S. trade unions concerned about violence against Colombian trade unionists.
    Colombia continues to be the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. More trade unionists are killed in Colombia than the rest of the world combined. In 2005 alone, 70 trade unionists were assassinated, bringing the total to over 2,220 Colombian trade unionists murdered since 1991. The Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS), the National Labor School in Colombia, a well-respected NGO, has found that paramilitary groups are responsible for the greatest number of violations (49%) against Colombian trade unionists, with Colombian state entities a close second (43%), in cases where the assailants were known. According to the 2005 U.S. State Department Human Rights Report on Colombia, collaboration between paramilitary groups and the Colombian military continues. ENS has also reported that since 2002 Colombian state entities have nearly tripled their attacks on labor unions.

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  • Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Anna Burger Named One of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women

    WASHINGTON, DC - Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win, has been selected as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The list appears in the June issue of
    Washingtonian Magazine.

    The women included in the list range from educators, businesswoman, health care advocates and women leaders in Congress and the Bush Administration. Burger is the only labor leader honored this year. “My goal is not to be a powerful woman but to be a woman who empowers working people,” said Burger. “What inspires me is to see ordinary women and men uniting into unions and gaining the strength to change their workplaces, their lives and our nation for the better." Burger, who has spent more than three decades in the labor movement, is the highest ranking woman to have ever served in the U.S. labor movement. She began her career as a rank-and-file member of SEIU Local 668, rising through the ranks to her current roles as secretary-treasurer of SEIU and chair of the Change to Win labor federation. Burger played a major role in leading SEIU to recognize the right to choose as a key issue for women’s health. She has also worked to help women achieve better standards of living who do some of the lowest paid but most important jobs in our society like home health care and child care work.

    The magazine, which covers life in the nation’s capitol, periodically issues lists of Washington, DC’s
    movers and shakers. The last time it featured the most influential women in Washington was in
    September, 2001.

    Contact:
    Carole Florman, 202.721.6045 direct, 202.262.1513 mobile or carole.florman@changetowin.org

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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Anna Burger Honored by Women's eNews; Change to Win Chair Selected as One of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century

    WASHINGTON - Anna Burger, Chair of Change to Win, will be honored this evening as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews. This is the sixth annual presentation of the "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" awards, which is designed to honor individuals who make groundbreaking news, often at great personal risk, by confronting issues of particular concern to women.

    Burger is being honored for her efforts on behalf of working women. She was selected as one of "Seven Who Hear the Voices of Women in Need."

    Burger's three decades in the labor movement, starting as a rank and file member of SEIU Local 668 to her current roles as secretary-treasurer of SEIU and chair of the Change to Win labor federation, have helped change both the face of the labor movement and its attitudes and priorities. She played a major role in SEIU's recognition of the right to choose as a key issue for women's health and has worked to help women achieve better standards of living by organizing groups that are traditionally difficult to mobilize such as the heavily-female home health care and child care professions.

    "It is an honor to be recognized not because I am a woman labor leader but because the work I do makes a difference in the lives of women," said Burger. "Unions have helped change women's lives by fighting for women's economic and civil rights, and women have helped change the labor movement by broadening our agenda to include child care, comp time and other tools that women need to juggle work and family."

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