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 background of geared up exertions within the vital American republics. It lines the heritage within the a variety of international locations 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 position of collective bargaining, the industrial impression of geared up exertions, in addition to the kin of the flow within the person international locations with each other and with the wider hard work move outdoors of the nations keen on this volume.

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51 The attitude in the 1950s of the local United Fruit Company management toward unionization of its workers was demonstrated in an incident that occurred to Serafino Romualdi in 1955. He was at the time a Latin American representative of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) and assistant general secretary of ORIT. Romualdi had for several years been trying to get the top management of the United Fruit Company to acquiesce in the existence of real unions on their plantations in the various Central American countries.

6 By the early 1900s two ideological tendencies that were to play major roles in the Costa Rican labor movement were already evident. These were the Social Christian concepts first put forward by Pope Leo XII, first enunciated in Costa Rica by Bishop Thiel in the 1890s, and expressed again in 1902 by a group of Catholic youth in Cartago who launched a periodical Justicia Social. One of those involved in this activity was Jorge Volio, who would play a very significant role in the 1920s. The second tendency was that of Marxism.

16. New York Times, July 22, 1939. 17. Barría, interview. 18. Memorandum from Ernesto Galarza, Pan American Union, Washington, DC, June 1946. 19. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p. 587. 20. Robert E. S. Embassy), interview with the author in Panama City, August 6, 1954. 21. Barría, interview. 22. Luis Alejandro Cuellar (president of Unión Nacional de Sindicatos Obreros of Panama), interview with the author in Havana, Cuba, September 10, 1949. 23. Moberley, interview. 24. Ibid.

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