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In response to accords to establish a lower monthly minimum wage of 1,500 quetzales ($196.6) in the Guatemalan municipalities of Estanzuela, Masagua, San Augustine and Guastatoya, protesters blocked at least 22 roads in various parts of the country, including border areas and major highways.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Asociación Nacional de Abogados Democráticos (ANAD) filed a complaint with the Mexican Department of Labor on Monday against Alabama’s harsh immigration law, HB 56.

An article in the fall issue of Americas Quarterly, released today, explores the record of Chinese state-owned mining corporations on labor and the environment.

Assessing their record on labor rights and the environment. (video available)

An often overlooked policy challenge for Colombia is how to safeguard the country’s informal workforce.

In a series of votes late Wednesday, Brazil’s lower house of Congress approved a 6.8 percent increase in the minimum wage to 545 reais a month ($326.50), from 510 reais.

Five years after Hurricane Katrina (and in the midst of the BP oil spill) the Big Easy is still grappling with guestworker labor violations.
The current U.S. guest-worker system is insufficient and exploitative. Here's a proposal to protect workers' rights and provide employers with the seasonal flow of labor they need.


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