Labor Rights & Economic Justice

As consumers in the United States, we are connected to workers in Latin America (and around the world) through the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the coffee we drink, the cut flowers we give our loved ones, and much, much more. Therefore we have a responsibility to understand the realities facing these workers and to act in solidarity with them when their right to fair wages and working conditions as well as the right to a organize and bargain collectively are violated.

Workers across the hemisphere often toil long hours for miserable wages and lack even the most basic labor rights.  The neoliberal free trade model has created a “race to the bottom” in terms of wages and working conditions, and therefore the fundamental right to join a independent union and bargain collectively is often denied to many workers.  Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist – since 1991 more than 2200 trade unionists have been murdered.

WFP helps to “globalize solidarity” in this globalized economy, by bringing the voices of workers to consumers and mobilizing in solidarity with workers when our pressure on retailers in the U.S. can make a difference in their struggles.

Latest Updates on Labor Rights & Economic Justice

Take Action to Protect Honduran Workers

In April, Delta Apparel - a US-based company - fired 40 workers with crippling musculoskeletal injuries from their factory in Honduras. There was outrage, and Delta agreed to reinstate them, but with conditions that violate Honduran labor laws. Please insist that the...

Connecting Dots Across Borders: Here and There, Resistance Everywhere

By Anita Kline, WFP delegate to Colombia in December 2016 “Tell me about your trip to Colombia!” The leaders of our Witness for Peace delegation had prepared me for this moment. I understood that uncovering connections across international borders is a critical aspect...