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Colombian flower worker

A Colombian flower worker is speaking in Chicago today and tomorrow about firings and threats that have met attempts to organize an independent union on a Dole flower plantation.

Colombia supplies 60 percent of the flowers sold in the U.S.

Dora Acero, a worker at Dole’s La Fragrancia plantation, speaks today at UIC (803 S. Morgan) at 3:30 p.m. and the U. of C. (1116 E. 59th) at 7 p.m.  Tomorrow she’ll be at DePaul University (2250 N. Sheffield) at 6 p.m.

Acero is sponsored by the Chicago-based U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project.

According to U.S. LEAP, killings of union organizers in Colombia are increasing, with 17 trade unionists reported murdered in the first three months of this year.

Congressional leaders have refused to give the Colombian Free Trade Agreement fast-track consideration, but Congress could act on the pact later this year.

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