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07/14/11

Carol Howard Merritt, Huffington Post It's not unusual for people in Jose's position to receive threats. And it's far too common for the warnings to become a reality. Jose had just returned from a collective bargaining table. He is a labor organizer in Colombia, a place where 51 unionists were killed in 2010.

07/14/11
Bangor Daily News NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — is as unpopular in Maine as Yankee fans and ice storms. And with good reason. The manufacturing sector that once undergirded Maine’s economy has drifted offshore in the decades since NAFTA was approved. But that trend had begun much earlier, so at worst, NAFTA may only have accelerated a global trend.
07/13/11
Michelle Chen, In These Times Gathering with fellow unionists in Washington, D.C., Jose Hugo Yanini speaks firmly about labor rights in Colombia. But a few weeks ago, the industrial janitor and shop steward feared that he soon might never utter another word.
07/13/11
Matthew Walter, The Christian Science Monitor Trade agreements are increasingly difficult to pass in the United States, and their future may rest on a strategy the Obama administration is testing in the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala.
07/13/11
Carl Levin - United States Senator For Michigan WASHINGTON – Stating that “Uncle Sam can’t afford offshore tax abuses that are robbing the Treasury of $100 billion in lost revenue yearly and increasing the tax burden on honest, hardworking Americans,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., together with cosponsors Senators Conrad, Bill Nelson, Sanders, Shaheen, and Whitehouse, today introduced legislation to close offshore tax loopholes and strengthen offshore tax enforcement.
07/13/11
Vicki Needham, The Hill House and Senate Republicans are split on how to proceed with three pending trade agreements as negotiations with the White House continue over the inclusion of a worker-assistance program.
07/13/11
The Pew Charitable Trusts In late 2007, U.S. health officials began receiving reports of unexpected allergic-type reactions in patients undergoing dialysis. The reactions were linked to a widely used blood thinner—heparin—and specifically to an adulterant that had been introduced during manufacture of the drug in China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes the adulteration of heparin was an economically motivated act—a clear breach of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain.
07/13/11
Justo Bautista, NorthJersey.com A Clifton defense contractor admitted Tuesday that it violated federal law by outsourcing the manufacture of rifle and machine-gun components to China, where the parts could be produced for less money, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
07/12/11
Tim Robertson, California Progress Report Californians from around the state are uniting for an online day of action to oppose the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama, a position shared by the California Democratic Party, the California Labor Federation, the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, and hundreds of other organizations. The event, hosted by the California Fair Trade Coalition, will put pressure on every Member of Congress in the state to oppose the deals, which are likely to see a ratification vote in Congress soon.
07/12/11
Tim McNulty, Post Gazette Jason Altmire's office announced today -- during a roasting-hot union rally outside his Aliquippa office -- that he will oppose the FTA with Colombia. My brief story from the P-G's breaking news site:

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