National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Cuba

Jan 15, 2015 by

Labor & Employment Committee
National Lawyers Guild

 

L&EC ANNUAL CUBA PROGRAM

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The National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee serves as program consultant to Marazul Charters, a licensed travel service provider, on an annual research program in Cuba.  The program consists of an international conference and a professional research program.  Labor lawyers, trade unionists and neutrals have been a part of these delegations since 2000.  In the winter of each year, Marazul and the L&E Committee announce the annual program.  The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • The exercise of the freedom of association and social struggles by unions.  New forms of worker’s organizations.
  • Social, political and economic integration in Latin America.  The role of labor law, unions and social movements.
  • Labor law reforms: their impact on job stability and the protection of workers’ rights and preventing employment discrimination.
  • Labor law and criminal liability of officials for working conditions and environment.  Safety and health at work and occupational risk prevention.
  • Self-employed and cooperative workers.

The conference is preceded by a research project where, consistent with the conference themes, delegates visit Cuban workplaces and interview workers, union leaders and labor lawyers.  Upon return to the United States, the delegation publishes a report of the results of their research and conference participation.

The 2015 trip will take place February 28 – March 8, 2015The FINAL DEADLINE for deposit and application is January 31, 2015.   Click here for the 2015 brochure.  Click here for the 2015 application.  The application will need to be submitted along with a $200 deposit by January 31, 2015.

If you would like to participate in the 2015 research program, you will need to send the final application (to be posted shortly) to Victoria Lebron of Marazul Charters. 

As soon as details are available, you will receive more information about the logistics of the trip from Victoria Lebron.  Click here for a draft of the 2015 program.

Cost – Marazul has not yet provided information regarding the cost for the 2015 conference and research program.   Below is cost for the 2014 conference to give you an idea.

FLIGHT (RT Miami to Havana):
$450 per person airfare – Airfare includes US departure tax and Cuban medical insurance during stay in Cuba.
3/5/2014   Marazul   N8 5901 leaves Miami 10 am – arrives Havana 11 am
3/16/2014   Marazul   N8 5902 leaves Havana 11 am – arrives Miami 12 noon
PLEASE leave at least 5 hours between flights to Cuba and connecting flights in and out of Miami

VISA:
$75 per person (not applicable to participants born in Cuba)
$15 per person for packet delivery

LAND ARANGEMENTS:
$1,585 per person – double room and $1,675 per person – single room (if under 18 participants) – incl
$1,370 per person – double room and $1,480 per person – single room (if 18 or over participants)

Group Transfers and bus transportation for the program
Bilingual guide
Program (ICAP/AMISTUR & UNJC)
Accreditation fee for the conference
Welcome and farewell dinners in Havana

Lodging is at Hotel Colina, 501 Calle L e/27 y Jovellar, Vedado, Cuba Phone (537) 83-64071
Lodging includes breakfast

LAND cost also includes a small subsidy to provide scholarships for people who would otherwise be unable to participate, with priority for people of color.  Contact Victoria Lebron for scholarship application.

Click here to download the brochure and click here to download an application.  By January 31, 2015, send your $200 deposit, payable to Marazul Charters Inc., and the final application to Victoria Lebron at Marazul Charters Inc., 1 Marine Plaza Suite 302, North Bergen, NJ 07047.

QUESTIONS:

Please contact Victoria Lebron of Marazul Charters for travel questions at vlebron@marazul.com or (800) 223-5334.  Please contact Joan Hill or Dean Hubbard for program questions.

 

Past Research Reports of NLG delegations to Cuba

 

Travel Restrictions to Cuba – click here for a handout on Travel Advice

Because the NLG Labor & Employment Committee’s research trip is for and by professionals engaged in a full schedule of academic and noncommercial research, intended for public dissemination, U.S. labor and employment lawyers and trade union professionals may travel to Cuba under a general license (no advance authorization from the Treasury Dept. required).

  • For more information on Professional Research and Meetings, click here to access the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
  • Click here for 31 CFR § 515.564 Professional research and professional meetings in Cuba. See sub-section A for the General License which is used for this annual meeting.

 

 

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In 2010, another group of trade unionists visited Cuba, also in the desire to understand the
realities of workers in Cuba and the role that trade unions play in protecting worker rights.
Over the years, it has become apparent that the trade embargo imposed by the U.S. Government
has had significant impact on residents of Cuba.  Journalist Mark Gruenberg of Press Associates
International writes of a recent presentation made by two Cuba travelers and researchers to a
group of Newspaper Guild members in the DC-Baltimore area.  Click here for the full article.

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This photo features a building in Cuba equipped with solar panels as part of the ‘year of energy.’

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