United Steel Works (USW) Opposes $500 Million ‘Plan Mexico’

Human and Labor Rights Must Be Protected before Mexican Government Given Blank Check to Allegedly Fight Drug War

November 13th, 2007: PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–News from USW: The United Steelworkers union announced today that it opposes handing Mexico what amounts to a blank check for $500 million for border enforcement of drug trafficking because it’s likely the American tax dollars will instead end up further undermining human and labor rights in Mexico.

USW International President Leo W. Gerard notified the chairmen of Congressional committees and subcommittees handling the Bush Administration’s request for the money that, at the very least, hearings should be conducted before votes are taken so human rights activists and trade unionists may testify to the violations that have occurred under the administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his predecessor.

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Farmworkers Take Down Taco Bell

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

“The consumer boycott is the only open door in the dark corridor of nothingness down which farmworkers have had to walk for many years. It is a gate of hope through which they expect to find the sunlight of a better life for themselves and their families” (Cesar Chavez)

On March 8, after nearly four years of struggle and amidst the momentum of the 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour, farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) scored a decisive victory in their national boycott of Taco Bell. Caving under the weight of an intense grassroots campaign, the fast-food giant has agreed to work with the Florida-based farmworker organization to improve the wages and working conditions of farmworkers in the Florida tomato industry by paying a penny-per-pound surcharge demanded by the workers. The farmworkers’ sub-poverty wages have been stagnant and declining in real terms since 1978.

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Students Push to Boot Taco Bell from UT’s Campus

January 28th, at 3:00pm, at the [Student] Union Board meeting a resolution regarding Taco Bell will be introduced. This resolution calls for the support of the Union Board in the removal of Taco Bell from UT campus. Students are asking for support at the meeting to demonstrate a strong opposition to Taco Bell’s presence on campus. The meeting will be held at the Board of Directors Room in the Texas Union.

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