In 2009 the democratically elected government of Honduras nearly doubled the minimum wage, from 2,393 to 5,500 lempiras per month, about $234 at today’s exchange rate.  Six months later, that government had been deposed by a military coup, which promptly attacked the teachers’ union, one of the strongholds of organized labor in the country.  By 2014, 31 trade unionists had been murdered under the militarized regime in Honduras , and the repression has not stopped – 61 more attacks on labor activists were documented between January of 2015 and February of 2017, ranging up to and including murder.

Meanwhile the government of Honduras, despite the labor rights provisions of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA, has tolerated flagrant abuses in the workplace, as described in a petition filed by the AFL-CIO together with Honduran labor groups in 2012and substantiated in a report by the Department of Labor in 2015.

U.S. taxpayer dollars fund the Honduran military and police forces used in enforcing the coup and implicated in the ongoing violence against workers, farmers, and communities who stand up for their rights.  Join in demanding that this misuse of our tax dollars be halted.  Endorse the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, H.R. 1299, and urge your Member of Congress to co-sponsor it.

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Click below and send this form to your union leadership to add your union as an official endorser of the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act!

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act!

Add this message to your message as a labor supporter:

From 2009 to 2014, 31 trade unionists had been murdered under the militarized regime in Honduras, and the repression has not stopped. 61 more attacks on labor activists were documented between January 2015 and February 2017, ranging up to and including murder. U.S. taxpayer dollars fund the Honduran military and policy forces used in enforcing the coup and implicated in the ongoing violence against works, farmers, and communities who stand up for their rights.

Take Action!

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations letter reiterating support to halt all U.S. funding to Honduran security forces until the Honduran government can transparently address their ongoing human rights abuses, including systematic violence against activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.

 

Union/labor sponsors of H.R. 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act:

  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFL-CIO), Local 3354
  • American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Unión de Empresas y Organizaciones de Trabajadores del Campo (UTC – La Paz, Honduras [as part of the Honduran Coalition Against Impunity])
  • United Steelworkers (USW)