What We’re Doing
AFL-CIO Leads Solidarity Delegation to Brazil in Defense of Democracy
From August 13-18, AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President Tefere Gebre and AFL-CIO International Committee Co-chair Stuart Applebaum led a delegation to Brazil to support Brazilian brothers and sisters dealing with the implementation of national "right to work" legislation, and to show their solidarity with former Brazilian President and union leader Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva, who was unjustly accused and convicted on corruption charges earlier this year and has been inhibited from campaigning freely as a candidate in the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections.
Brazil Undermines Labor Laws and Puts Women Workers at Great Risk
Brazil's comprehensive labor laws have long provided a strong institutional framework for unions to defend workers' rights. Changes pushed through congress this July by Brazil's un-elected president and a congress compromised by corruption charges, have greatly undermined the labor laws and will drastically change the legal context in which Brazil's unions work.