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AFT demands Healthcare NOW!

16 August 2017
Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, at the protest in Washington

“What do we want? Healthcare. When do we want it? Now!” These and other chants of protesters echoed off the white marble-clad U.S. Capitol during a recent protest led by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Trump and NAFTA “modernization”

16 August 2017

The ensuing trade deficits and manufacturing job losses cast a shadow over this trade deal and led all three major candidates for the U.S. presidency in 2016 to reject the TPP and promise to “fix” NAFTA. Trump is following through on his promise, but that is not the whole story.

Charlottesville: AFSCME condemns "Nazi white nationalists"

16 August 2017
Photo: Rodney Dunning/Flickr/CC

PSI's affiliate, which has been on the front lines of civil rights and racial justice struggles for decades, has condemned the hateful acts displayed at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12.

Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda

Date: 
17 July, 2017

PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, will be speaking on 17 July at the UNSG’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The HLP is a side event at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), currently taking place in New York.

PSI North America: Principles for Nafta renegotiation

26 June 2017

PSI affiliates in the US and Canada comment on the NAFTA renegotiations submitted to the United States Trade Representative (USTR). "We need a new approach to trade that puts the interests of working people and the environment first. We need an economy that puts a high priority on jobs, living standards, sustainability, and labor rights." Click on the image below to read it in full.

AFT: Trump's budget is cruel to kids

20 June 2017

PSI affiliate in the US, AFT, condemns the US government’s plans to make cuts in the education budget. President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos want to eliminate more than 20 federal K-12 programs, including after-school and summer programs that serve 1.6 million children.

World OutGames: Human Rights Conference (Miami)

Date: 
26 May, 2017 to 28 May, 2017

PSI will be attending the upcoming World OutGames Human Rights Conference, a global gathering of internationally respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars and organizations, to be held in Miami, USA, 26-28 May 2017.

Financing for Development (FfD) forum (New York)

Date: 
22 May, 2017 to 25 May, 2017

A PSI delegation, part of the major group of workers and trade unions working in coordination with the Civil Society group for Financing for Development, will be attending the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD). PSI has a range of interests in the financing for development arena, including tax, trade, anti-privatisation, climate change and sustainable development.

Unions call on World Bank to cease investments in low-fee private schools

26 April 2017

Union leaders and education advocates joined forces on 21 April in front of the World Bank in protest of its continued support of for-profit education agencies in general, and specifically, Bridge International Academies.