InNovember 2019, over forty trade unionists, academics, allies, and policy practitioners from Canada, Mexico, and the United States gathered in Erie, Pennsylvania. They gathered to attend “Overcoming Fear: Creating A Trinational Workers Toolkit.” This event emerged out of seven previous Trinational labor gatherings put on by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
This event was geared towards building international solidarity to overcome reactionary and right wing rhetoric around trade, migration, climate, and gender. This created a foundation of a toolkit to help progressives in each country provide a proactive message on these issues.
Over the last 9 months, these 40+ activists have deliberated, developed, and built the following toolkit. We hope it is useful to activists everywhere and can help guide the international solidarity we need.
These agreements enshrine:
In the hundreds of pages of text that make up these agreements, enforceable social protections are missing. We need:
What is currently offered is based on profits. This includes:
What is needed is a complete restructuring of our world to meet the scale of the crisis.
This is a deliberate choice meant to divide through:
It does not need to be this way. This divide and conquer ignores that movement is a fundamental human right.
To win the world we need, we’re going to need us all at the table
This toolkit is the result of a deliberative and democratic process over the last nine months following the Overcoming Fear: Creating a Trinational Workers Toolkit Event in Erie, Pennsylvania in November 2019. That event was hosted by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Mexico City Office, The Canadian Steelworkers, and The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and held at UE local 506.