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Labor Rights and the Peru, Panama and Colombia FTAs

The NAFTA expansions to Peru, Panama and Colombia will decrease job security in these countries and in the United States. Under NAFTA, U.S. wages remain stuck at near-1970s levels, while Mexican wages have actually decreased. More of the same can be expected in these countries if NAFTA is expanded.

In Colombia, the labor rights situation is especially dire. Since 1991, over 2,100 trade unionists have been assassinated, with 72 murdered in 2006 alone. The Colombian army has been implicated in many of these killings, and very few have been prosecuted.

Trade agreements should help workers, not harm them. Find out what you can do to help fight for trade that works for working families.

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