21. LCLAA Resolution in Support of the Globalization of Labor Unions

lclaaLCLAA 17TH NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP CONVENTION
ORLANDO, FL
AUGUST 4-8, 2008


RESOLUTION:

21.    LCLAA Resolution in Support of the Globalization of Labor Unions

Whereas, the international Trade Union Movement provides one of the possible options available to counteract the negative effects of globalization on the working class.

Whereas, the Trade Union Movement has the history, infrastructure and organization to propose a new way forward to redress the problem by restoring the human element to today's standard economic practices.

Whereas, in an era of globalization and global corporate lobbying, the transnational labor movement is critical.  Developing nations compete to attract investment by promising low wages without union representation, something that affects workers in both developed and developing nations; and

Whereas, corporate globalization in the last couple of decades has proven counterproductive to the well-being of workers, allowing for their exploitation and displacement due to the mobility of work-sites and outsourcing.

Whereas, over the last decade of the 20th century, the number of people living in poverty in the world increased by almost 100 million, while the average income in the world kept increasing by 2.5 percent annually, demonstrating that the benefits of our current policies have not being equitably distributed but rather accumulated in the hands of very few; and

Whereas, the value of a human being has been downgraded to that of a commodity within the global context; and

Whereas, globalization has changed how business is practiced, from one of domestic markets to one of international markets where investors view a world without borders;

Whereas, transnational problems calls for transnational solidarity among workers all over the globe; and unions have the capacity to serve as a multinational force that can set the agenda to ensure certain minimum standards for workers worldwide; and

Therefore be it resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will strongly support solidarity among all workers to counteract the unjust and inequitable policies that have impacts on peoples beyond our national borders; and

Be it further resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will mobilize its members and allies to maximize the prosperity for the maximum number of people by pushing for the globalization of labor rights, human rights, and environmental standards.

Be it further resolved, that the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will work to push for the globalization of worker rights through the development of transnational unions, recognizing that through the better organization and solidarity of unions across borders, workers can empower themselves to fight for universal worker rights.

Respectfully introduced by:

The LCLAA Executive Board
REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE: CIVIL and HUMAN RIGHTS


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