CBTU International Affairs Committee briefs Executive Council members
on issues arising from the new global economy and a changing political
order. The committee seeks to broaden CBTU members understanding
of the corporate-dominated global economy and to encourage common
actions by U.S. unions and workers movements in other countries
that will ensure global fairness for everyone. The committee also
embodies CBTUs long-standing commitment to international justice
for people of color plagued by racial oppression.
CBTU is justifiably proud of its progressive
history of solidarity with human rights fighters and freedom movements
here and around the world, especially in Africa, Latin America,
and the Caribbean.
- CBTU condemned the Pinochet military junta in Chile;
the Abacha junta in Nigeria; and the corrupt Duvalier regime in
- opposed the U.S. embargo against Cuba;
- supported Caribbean workers exploited by anti-union
- fought for diplomatic recognition of liberated
nations in Southern Africa and recognition of Palestinians' legitimate
right to a homeland in the Middle East;
- opposed the lending policies of multilateral creditors
like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that strangle
growth in poor, debt-ridden nations;
- helped Brazilian trade unionists develop model
language for anti-discrimination clauses to be used in their contract
Long before black freedom fighters finally uprooted
white minority rule throughout Southern Africa, CBTU was relentlessly
attacking the violent exploitation of black workers in that resource-rich
- In 1974, CBTU was the first American labor organization
to pass strong resolutions calling for an economic boycott and
a fundamental change in
U.S. policy toward Southern Africa.
- CBTU President Bill Lucy was one of the founders
of the Free South Africa Movement in 1984, which conducted the
most effective grassroots anti-apartheid campaign in the U.S.
with substantial participation from black workers recruited by
- CBTU members also were selected for the AFL-CIO
delegation that participated in the first democratic elections
ever held in South Africa in 1994.
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CBTU has always monitored U.S. foreign policy
to ensure that African, Caribbean and Latin American nations received
their fair share of American aid and trade benefits, like European
allies and trading partners. Now CBTU is also actively involved
in the AFL-CIOs "Campaign for Global Fairness"
a national, grassroots mobilization to rewrite the rules of global
economy to work for working people and to deny China, a gross human
rights violator, permanent trade preference with the U.S. CBTU supports
these objectives of the AFL-CIO Campaign
for Global Fairness:
- We want global growth and development that works
- We want enforceable rules to regulate global competition
in a way that values people, not just profit.
- We want to reform the international financial system
to support progressive growth.
- We will ask Congress put a higher priority on development
- We will work for debt relief on behalf of countries
committed to democratic reforms and core workers' rights.
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