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December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Suspected right-wing gunmen shot and wounded one of Colombia's top labor leaders Friday in a botched assassination attempt in which at least two people were killed, authorities said. Wilson Borja, president of the Federation of State Workers--Colombia's largest labor union--was shot in the shoulder and leg, and a bullet grazed his head, in the attack in Bogota, the capital.
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July 25, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject.   The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors.  The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
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NEWS
February 12, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of public employees marched on Bogota's main square Tuesday in the first indication that unions have withdrawn support for President Ernesto Samper, who portrays himself as the defender of workers and the poor. The first nationwide work stoppage in 20 years began as a demonstration over the size of wage increases and plans to sell government companies, but it has evolved into a protest of government economic austerity programs.
WORLD
March 2, 2013 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CALI, Colombia - Union organizer Juan Carlos Perez saw two gunmen in front of his house and tried to escape though the back door. But he was killed minutes later - in front of half a dozen horrified co-workers - when the assassins caught up to him at a rural bus stop. They then nonchalantly drove away on their motorbikes, witnesses of the Jan. 28 slaying said. Perez, a 30-year-old sugar cane cutter, had been fighting for better working conditions for 1,000 workers at La Cabana sugar mill in Guachene, south of Cali, a facility with a history of labor unrest.
NEWS
January 7, 1990 | Associated Press
A man on a motorcycle shot to death an adviser to President Virgilio Barco Vargas as he sat in his car at a stoplight in Medellin, police said Saturday. The adviser, Roberto Lozano Suarez, was shot three times Friday night, national police headquarters said. Two other men in Lozano's car were not hurt, the police said. Lozano, 42, was a land reform adviser to Barco for the banana growing region of Uraba, in northwest Colombia.
NEWS
October 6, 1988 | From Reuters
Left-wing rebels Wednesday marked a workers' protest day against political violence with attacks on three central Colombian towns, which resulted in eight civilian and guerrilla deaths, police said.
NEWS
October 25, 1988
Michael Harrington in "Bush May Promote a Socialist's Ideas, but He Can't Redefine Rebel Spirit" (Op-Ed Page, Oct. 18) laments when he should rejoice. Instead of ridiculing Bush for promoting an idea (the Pledge of Allegiance) from a 19th-Century American Socialist, he should find comfort in knowing that many ideas and proposals introduced by such Socialists as Eugene Victor Debs and Norman Thomas have been incorporated into the ideologies of both major political parties.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Judges and court workers began a series of nationwide strikes Thursday after a judge and a congressman were murdered, apparently by drug traffickers. In Medellin, where the judge was killed, federal justices walked off the job indefinitely until they receive more protection. It is the third time that judges have gone on strike in the last three months to protest assassinations.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | From Reuters
This country's unemployment rate fell to 12.2% in the second quarter, compared with 13.3% in the first quarter and 14.7% in the 1986 second quarter, the National Statistics Institute said Wednesday.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | Associated Press
About 19,000 court employees, including hundreds of judges, went on strike Wednesday because they haven't been paid for six weeks. The strike closed 4,000 criminal court offices and 23 Superior Court offices. Colombia's Congress is holding up the employees' paychecks while it debates next year's budget.
NEWS
December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Suspected right-wing gunmen shot and wounded one of Colombia's top labor leaders Friday in a botched assassination attempt in which at least two people were killed, authorities said. Wilson Borja, president of the Federation of State Workers--Colombia's largest labor union--was shot in the shoulder and leg, and a bullet grazed his head, in the attack in Bogota, the capital.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of public employees marched on Bogota's main square Tuesday in the first indication that unions have withdrawn support for President Ernesto Samper, who portrays himself as the defender of workers and the poor. The first nationwide work stoppage in 20 years began as a demonstration over the size of wage increases and plans to sell government companies, but it has evolved into a protest of government economic austerity programs.
NEWS
April 16, 1995 | PAUL HAVEN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bent double and gasping for breath, Lisandro Vanegas emerges slowly from the mine shaft, a 130-pound sack of coal and mud strapped to his 12-year-old back. His 14-year-old brother, Luis Alberto, is still inside, helping their uncle clear mud from the mine walls by candlelight. Behind the mud is coal, the lifeblood and the curse of this community.
NEWS
January 7, 1990 | Associated Press
A man on a motorcycle shot to death an adviser to President Virgilio Barco Vargas as he sat in his car at a stoplight in Medellin, police said Saturday. The adviser, Roberto Lozano Suarez, was shot three times Friday night, national police headquarters said. Two other men in Lozano's car were not hurt, the police said. Lozano, 42, was a land reform adviser to Barco for the banana growing region of Uraba, in northwest Colombia.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Colombian judges ended a 13-day strike after winning a government pledge of better protection in the war against drug barons. Judges who have received retaliatory death threats were promised 345 bullet-proof vests, 50 armored cars and two motorcycles, a judicial association official said.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Judges and court workers began a series of nationwide strikes Thursday after a judge and a congressman were murdered, apparently by drug traffickers. In Medellin, where the judge was killed, federal justices walked off the job indefinitely until they receive more protection. It is the third time that judges have gone on strike in the last three months to protest assassinations.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Colombian judges ended a 13-day strike after winning a government pledge of better protection in the war against drug barons. Judges who have received retaliatory death threats were promised 345 bullet-proof vests, 50 armored cars and two motorcycles, a judicial association official said.
NEWS
October 14, 1987
Rioters in the funeral procession for Colombian leftist leader Jaime Pardo Leal looted stores in Bogota, and a 13-year-old boy was killed by soldiers attempting to clear a roadblock. Meanwhile, unions called a general strike to protest the slaying of Pardo, 47, president of the Patriotic Union, shot to death Sunday night by gunmen who stopped his car on a road outside the capital.
NEWS
October 25, 1988
Michael Harrington in "Bush May Promote a Socialist's Ideas, but He Can't Redefine Rebel Spirit" (Op-Ed Page, Oct. 18) laments when he should rejoice. Instead of ridiculing Bush for promoting an idea (the Pledge of Allegiance) from a 19th-Century American Socialist, he should find comfort in knowing that many ideas and proposals introduced by such Socialists as Eugene Victor Debs and Norman Thomas have been incorporated into the ideologies of both major political parties.
NEWS
October 6, 1988 | From Reuters
Left-wing rebels Wednesday marked a workers' protest day against political violence with attacks on three central Colombian towns, which resulted in eight civilian and guerrilla deaths, police said.
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