By Robert J. Alexander
This quantity is a pioneering examine of the historical past of prepared hard work within the valuable American republics. It strains the historical past within the quite a few international locations from the early 19th century to the tip of the 20th century. It additionally discusses why they seemed, what organizational and ideological traits characterised the circulation in those international locations, the function of collective bargaining, the commercial effect of equipped hard work, in addition to the relatives of the circulation within the person nations with each other and with the wider exertions circulation outdoor of the international locations interested by this volume.
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Third, railroad construction and the banana trade brought immigrants into Costa Rica. Few Costa Ricans from the highlands—where most of the people lived—were willing to go down to the republic’s tropical regions to work. So the railroad and fruit companies first brought in sizable numbers of blacks from the English-speaking West Indies and subsequently attracted substantial numbers of Nicaraguans, who were more used to life and labor in the tropical climate than were the Costa Ricans, as well as Chinese and Italian laborers.
42. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 43. Sr. Galvan (cultural secretary of Confederación Obrera Campesina de la República de Panamá), interview with the author in Panama City, August 27, 1952. 44. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 45. Diogenes Brown (recording secretary of Federación de Sindicatos Independientes of Panama), interview with the author in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, June 1, 1953. 46. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 47. Letter from Robert J. Alexander to Jay Lovestone, August 30, 1954. 48. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p.
The unions affiliated with the Federación de Sindicatos Independientes were for the most part located in Panama City. In 1952 they included organizations of maritime workers, theater employees, taxi drivers, and telephone workers. 41 The Federación de Sindicatos Agrícolas in 1942 claimed to have 56 unions of agricultural workers in the three provinces nearest to Panama City. 42 Among its other activities, the COCRP carried on a cultural program. It organized talks and movie showings to members of various constituent organizations.
A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America by Robert J. Alexander