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Central American Labor Defense Network Records
BANC MSS 93/95 m  
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Series 1. Jenya Cassidy Files 1983-1988

Physical Description: Carton 1

Scope and Content Note

A note in the collection indicates that these are the files of Executive Director Jenya Cassidy. Consists of documentation of specific campaigns and events. Types of materials include conference documents, fundraising materials, invitations, mass mailings, press packets and press releases, reports, and statements. Primarily contains materials related to the following: The International Trade Union Conference for Peace (in Managua, Nicaragua, 1984); a West Coast Trade Union Delegation to Nicaragua (1984); the West Coast Tour of Central American Trade Unionists (1984); the April 25 Spring Mobilization for peace and justice in Central America and South Africa (1987); In Search of Peace: A U.S.-El Salvador Conference (1986); the Central American Labor Leaders East Coast Tour (1985); slides shows on Nicaragua and El Salvador; the Salvadoran Social Security Institute Workers' Union (STISSS) campaign to defend Salvadoran Hosptial Workers Union (1988); the Coca Cola campaign; the Emergency National Council against U.S. Intervention in Central America/The Caribbean (1987); the U.S tour of the Nicaraguan Health Workers Federation (1984); and the Federation of Central American Teachers' Organizations tour (FOMCA) (approximately 1985)

Series 2. Files of "Al" [Weintrub] 1971-1991

Physical Description: Cartons 2-5, Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Files of "Al" - who is likley Al Weintrub, editor of the CALDN newsletter and managing editor of The Labor Report on Central America. Some materials were sorted and filed by subject; others were labeled miscellaneous, or were not foldered. The records are related to trade union activities, and workers rights and human rights (and violations thereof) in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Nicaragua. There are materials on women and farm workers.
Types of material include working files on unions and individual trade unionists (with notes and drafts); reports; information packets; convention proceedings and resolutions on Central America; news clippings (original and photocopies); and published materials, such as monographs and serials.
Organizations represented include: the AFL-CIO, Americas Watch, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), ASTTEL Union (La Asociación Salvadoreña de Trabajadores de Telecomunicaciones, El Salvador), the Salvadoran Labor Defense Network, the Labor Network on Central America, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Institute for Latin American Studies, Amnesty International, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Also includes issues of Barricada Internacional - the international biweekly of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (1987-1991).
Carton 2


Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to the International Trade Union Meeting of Peace (1984), and files related to the trade union movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador. These include clippings and reports related to, and by, the American Institute for Free Labor Development [AIFLD] and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Unions [AFL-CIO]). Topics related to Nicaragua include women and teachers, Contras, and farm workers' unions. There are Action Alerts and other information from and about the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). Publications include Desper Tar Proletario, El Paquetazo, and Counter-Spy. Materials related to AFL-CIO policy and their convention in Central America include newsletters; commentary from the Labor Network on Central America; and briefs, newsletters, reports, and resolutions from the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD). (The AFL-CIO established AIFLD in the western hemisphere in 1961.)
Carton 3


Scope and Content Note

Materials from the AFL-CIO convention, its Executive Council, and its and Department of International Affairs. These include newsletters, position papers, mass mailings, invitations, clippings, and reports. There are also publications and reports from labor organizations about workers' issues in Central America. These include the following topics and cover the following countries: U.S. policy in Central America, Canada and Central America, human rights, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. There are issues of the AIFLD Review (1971), Revista Semanal Resumen (1987), the Central America Information Bulletin (1988), and Barricada Internacional" (from Nicaragua, 1987-1991).
Carton 4


Scope and Content Note

Consists of drafts of articles, flyers, labor education manuals, mass mailings, news clippings, newsletters, press releases, and publications related to labor struggles, education, and U.S. policy in Central America. Includes copies of Barricada Internacional (1988-1991), and materials related to the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, the Black labor movement, Canada and Central America, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. There are assessment manuals; copies of the CLDN publications (such as Labor Action), and drafts of articles by the Network; and Urgent Action Bulletins.
Carton 5


Scope and Content Note

Includes material that documents human rights abuses and the repression of labor in Central America, particularly in El Salvador and Guatemala. Documents related to the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and the AFL-CIO include briefs, mass mailings, memos, and newsletters, a conference on the promotion of democratic trade unionism abroad, and critiques of the Americas Watch Report on Labor Rights in El Salvador. Other trade unions, organizers, and campaigns represented include the CAUSE Campaign (Central American Union Solidary Effort), the Julio Portillo and Coca-Cola campaigns, Febe Velasquez, a tour of Salvadoran Labor Leaders (National Unity of Salvadoran Workers - UNTS), earthquake relief, the Electrical workers union in Guatemala (STINDE), and ASTTEL (La Asociación Salvadoreña de Trabajadores de Telecomunicaciones) in El Salvador. Includes issues of the Guatemalan Labor News, and materials from the Labor Network on Central America and Amensty International.
Box 1


Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to ASTTEL (La Asociación Salvadoreña de Trabajadores de Telecomunicaciones) in El Salvador, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), and the AFL-CIO.