A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America by Robert J. Alexander

By Robert J. Alexander

This quantity is a pioneering research of the heritage of geared up exertions within the important American republics. It strains the heritage within the numerous nations from the early 19th century to the top of the 20th century. It additionally discusses why they seemed, what organizational and ideological traits characterised the circulate in those international locations, the function of collective bargaining, the industrial impression of prepared exertions, in addition to the family of the move within the person international locations with each other and with the wider exertions move outdoors of the international locations fascinated by this volume.

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By Robert J. Alexander

This quantity is a pioneering research of the heritage of geared up exertions within the important American republics. It strains the heritage within the numerous nations from the early 19th century to the top of the 20th century. It additionally discusses why they seemed, what organizational and ideological traits characterised the circulate in those international locations, the function of collective bargaining, the industrial impression of prepared exertions, in addition to the family of the move within the person international locations with each other and with the wider exertions move outdoors of the international locations fascinated by this volume.

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82 Of course, after the Carter–Torrijos Treaties, providing for the Panamanians to take over control of the canal by the year 2000, and starting with the abolition of the Canal Zone, there was absolutely no more justification for the kind of discriminatory treatment of workers that had characterized the first half century or more of the canal’s existence. 28 A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America CONCLUSION Organized labor has never been strong in Panama—with the exception (for several decades) of the unions of United States in the Canal Zone.

Serafino Romualdi, Presidents and Peons: Recollections of a Labor Ambassador in Latin America (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1967), pp. 96–107. 78. United States Department of Labor, pp. 2–3. 79. “Brief in Support of Proposals for Wage Increases,” Local 713, UPWA, pp. 9–10. 80. Barría, interview. 81. “Brief in Support of Proposals for Wage Increases,” p. 10. 82. Romualdi, p. 108. 83. United States Department of Labor, pp. 6–7. CHAPTER 2 Costa Rican Organized Labor—Part I Costa Rica has been unique among the Central American countries.

5. 57. Barría, interview. 58. , interview. 59. German Meléndez (secretary-general, Confederación de Trabajadores de la República de Panamá); Carlos Peters (recording secretary of Confederación de Trabajadores); Nicolas Silva (secretary of Sindicato de Panaderos); and Catalina Fiesta; all interviews with the author in Panama City, July 6, 1967. 60. Robert J. Alexander, “Impressions of Meeting of Confederación de Trabajadores de la República de Panamá,” July 6, 1967 (typewritten). 61. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p.

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