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A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America by Robert J. Alexander

By Robert J. Alexander

This quantity is a pioneering learn of the historical past of prepared exertions within the vital American republics. It strains the heritage within the numerous nations from the early 19th century to the top of the 20 th century. It additionally discusses why they seemed, what organizational and ideological traits characterised the stream in those international locations, the function of collective bargaining, the commercial effect of equipped exertions, in addition to the kin of the circulation within the person nations with each other and with the wider exertions stream outdoors of the international locations curious about this volume.

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81 However, the UPWA was a union under Communist control in the United States, and when the CIO purged the Communist-dominated organizations from its ranks in 1949, it established the Government and Civic Employees Organizing Committee (GCEOC) to compete with the UPWA. In the face of this clash, Local 713 collapsed. S. workers in the zone. S. Army withdrew from Local 900 to form Local 907, the Armed Forces Employee union. Both locals ultimately became members of the AFSCME into which the GCEOC merged.

Soon after it was formed, that union launched a strike for better conditions, “which lasted for eight days, which was 100% effective, and which completely tied up the operations of the Canal. ”79 Organized Labor in Panama 27 Right after World War II, the FSTP undertook to organize the silver workers and established the Unión de Trabajadores de la Zona del Canal. 80 As a result, in April 1946, the FSTP’s union in the zone sent a letter to Phillip Murray, the president of the CIO in the United States, asking the CIO to help organize the silver employees of the Canal Zone.

Meléndez, interview; Silva, interview. 64. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 65. Carlos George (official of Federación de Trabajadores Cristianos), interview with the author in Panama City, July 6, 1967. 66. Julio, interview. 67. George, interview. 68. , interview. 69. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p. 586. 70. , p. 581. 71. , p. 582. 32 A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America 72. Barría, interview; Federación International de los Obreros del Transporte (ITF), “Comunicado de Prensa,” London, May 16, 1951 (mimeographed).

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