U.S. mining company paid terrorists to kill union leaders!

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    A federal lawsuit alleges the Drummond Company paid millions of dollars to a Colombian paramilitary terrorist group that while acting as paid "security" was responsible for the deaths of 67 people in a plot to disrupt union activities at the company's South American coal mining and railway operations.
    The civil lawsuit accuses Drummond of paying the right-wing United Self Defense Forces of Colombia to protect their business interests in the Cesar and Magdalena provinces of Colombia, and to terrorize and murder innocent residents in the region who they perceived as sympathetic to leftist guerilla groups and supportive of local union organizations. The suit describes in detail a meeting between Drummond and AUC representatives during which the company allegedly ordered the execution of two union leaders.

    The Florida-based law firm of Conrad & Scherer LLP filed the lawsuit on behalf of 252 plaintiffs who are relatives of the 67 victims, including 63 men and four women. Their names are withheld from publication to prevent reprisals against them, said attorney Terry Collingsworth. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division by Collingsworth, Conrad & Scherer founding partner William R. Scherer and Garve W. Ivey, Jr. of the Jasper, Alabama-based, Ivey Law Firm.

    "The 60-page complaint outlines allegation after allegation of brutality, describing how hundreds of men, women and children were terrorized in their homes, on their way to and from work, and often murdered by AUC paramilitaries acting on behalf of Drummond," said attorney Collingsworth. "These are innocent people being killed in or near their homes or kidnapped to never to return home, their spouses and children being beaten and tied up, and people being pulled off buses and summarily executed on the spot."

    DC Special Interests Examiner: Lawsuit alleges U.S. mining company paid Colombian paramilitary group to execute union leaders
     
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    Hardly a new thing. And the companies would love to be able to do the same here again. I have visited this site, as should every working man that values his ability to bargain for a fair wage.

    The Ludlow massacre refers to the violent deaths of 20 people, 11 of them children, during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado in the on April 20, 1914. These deaths occurred after a day-long fight between strikers and the Guard. Two women, eleven children, six miners and union officials and one National Guardsman were killed. In response, the miners armed themselves and attacked dozens of mines, destroying property and engaging in several skirmishes with the Colorado National Guard.

    This was the bloodiest event in the 14-month 1913-1914 southern Colorado Coal Strike. The strike was organized by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) against coal mining companies in Colorado. The three biggest mining companies were the Rockefeller family-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I), the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company (RMF), and the Victor-American Fuel Company (VAF). Ludlow, located 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Trinidad, Colorado, is now a ghost town. The massacre site is owned by the UMWA, which erected a granite monument, in memory of the striking miners and their families who died that day.

    Wapedia - Wiki: Ludlow massacre
     
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    Last I checked one is INNOCENT until proven guilty. Also last I checked, in this country, law suits to extort millions from companies are an every day occurrence.
     
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    The lawsuit is CIVIL.

    Colombians sue coal firm - Business - MiamiHerald.com

    Now, the bio of the author of the Examiner 'article':

    DC Special Interests Examiner: Lawsuit alleges U.S. mining company paid Colombian paramilitary group to execute union leaders

    And the A. Philip Randolph Institute:

    A. Philip Randolph Institute

    What's the lead on page: ACORN like actions to get the vote out last fall.

    Some source, LOL! Imagine if you could find these sort of connections with sources used by conservatives, what a field day that would be!

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-union11-2009mar11,0,1928028.story

     
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    Being a union organizer in third world nation is dangerous business today, just as it was dangerous business in the USA a century ago.


    That's exactly why American corporations enjoy moving there to produce their goods.

    That is also why FREE TRADE is not only a bad idea for our economy but an immoral policy as well.
     
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    So you'd rather they had no jobs at all?
     
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    I would rather that they enjoyed the protection of law that we do. And untill there are workplace safety regulations and environmental regulations there should be stiff tariffs on anything imported from that nation.
     
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    Nothing new here.
     
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    LOL... Wow that's powerful alleging goin on down there...
     

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