The collection contains materials related to labor struggles in Central America, and solidarity between trade unionists in
the United States and Central America. These are not the organizational records of the Central American Labor Defense Network,
but they do document the pro-labor campaigns the organization participated in, and the support the Network gave to trade unionists
in Central America.
The Central American Labor Defense Network (CALDN) was an international solidarity network that provided a way for unionists
across the Americas to support each other. CALDN supported trade unionists and defended progressive, democratic unions in
Central America. Often this meant responding when union members in Central America were kidnapped, incarcerated, or killed,
when unions were busted, or organizers were threatened. Members of the network authorized CALDN to send telexes in their name
or place ads in Central American newspapers protesting violations of the rights of trade unionists. CALDN's newsletter provided
information about, and mobilized U.S. workers in support of, Central American trade unionists.
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