Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Labor Tour opens! Public Schedule - Workers Struggle Beyond Borders

March Labor Tour opens! Workers Struggle Beyond Borders: Uniting the Peoples of Nuestra América

Wisconsin private sector and public workers in the tens of thousands thrust their fight against a union-busting law into news front pages. More than two years ago, the Mexican Electrical Union - SME were robbed of their collective bargaining rights. Their union was declared illegal. The pro-big business Mexican government forced 44,000 workers out of their jobs at Mexico's second largest electrical power distributor, Luz y Fuerza (Central Light and Power), jeopardizing not only the workers but the income of pensioners. Find out how their struggle is like the one faced in the U.S. from the workers on the front lines in Mexico and from a Cuban representative of the World Federation of Trade Unions who will present some of the alternatives already in process in the Americas. An injury to one is an injury to all. There are no borders in the workers struggle against capitalism. Come out to learn about our common interests and struggles and the need for mutual solidarity.

Gilda Chacon Bravo, 

Federacion Sindical Mundial - Americas; Cuba
Humberto Montes de Oca, 

Interior Secretary, Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (Mexican Electrical Workers Union)
Pipino Cuevas,

Secretary of Health and Social Welfare, Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (Mexican Electrical Workers Union)
Jorge Cazares,

Representing Section VIII of the National Steering Committee of Education Workers (CNTE); Mexico (VISA DENIED by the U.S.)

You can help deliver this delegation's message of international solidarity through a financial contribution to help with travel expenses.  Your donation will enable the delegation to meet with immigrant and other community-based organizations that don't have deep pockets. To make an on-line donations press the DONATE button at: LaborExchange.blogspot.com


Thursday, March 17

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I St. SW
Washington, D.C
. 20024
6:30 pm

Friday, March 18

UAW Local 1005
5615 Chevrolet Blvd.
Parma, OH
5:00 - 6:15 pm - Reception
6:15 - 8:15 pm - Presentation

Saturday, March 19

Farm Labor Organizing Committee
1221 Broadway
Toledo, OH
6:00 pm

Sunday, March 20

UAW Local 600
10550 Dix Ave.
Dearborn, MI
1:00 pm

Monday, March 21

Workers United Hall
333 S. Ashland
Chicago, Il
6:30 pm

Friday, March 25

World Beat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 26

Southern California Immigration Coalition Conference
Santee Educational Complex
1921 Maple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Noon - 4:00 pm

Sunday, March 27

Workers United
920 S. Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA
6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 29

SEIU/Local 1199
330 West 43rd. St.7th Floor
New York, NY

6:30 pm

Go to http://uniondelbarrio.org/laverdad/ for downloadable leaflets for public events.
To schedule interviews or additional meetings contact: laborexchange@aol.com or 313 575-4933 or 313 355-8566; info@uniondelbarrio.org or 619-398-6648.

Friday, March 4, 2011

U.S. Labor Tour 2011 - March 15 - 31

Workers Struggle Beyond Borders: 
Uniting the Peoples of Nuestra America
With a growing economic crisis, the U.S. empire is waging an even larger scale offensive on the world’s working poor to keep capitalism afloat, while eliminating many essential services making it more expensive and practically unaffordable to obtain healthcare, increasing cuts to education, and foreclosing on homes at an unprecedented rate. This offensive has even made it a crime to work in the U.S. if you’re an “undocumented” worker; while state legislatures, such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, are currently seeking to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining rights.

As a response to this offensive, workers from throughout the continent have decided to propose a collaborative project towards integration and solidarity beyond national borders, in search of worker’s unity that will ensure their class interest. This tour seeks to introduce the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to workers in the United States, with the objective of seeking dialogue and presenting common areas of interest, this tour will invite workers and their organizations to the Encuentro Sindical de Nuestra América (ESNA) which will take place this year in Nicaragua. Similarly, this tour will inform worker’s how countries that today form part of the Bolivarian Alliance of Nuestra América (ALBA) have made investments in healthcare, education, food security, sports, cultural programs, while the United States cuts programs in these areas, while increasing its military spending. This tour invites workers in the US to become familiar with this continental process which seeks to build coordinated actions in our common defense of as a working class, throughout the continent and the world.

Join us in welcoming the following international guests:
- Gilda Chacon Bravo, World Federation of Trade Unions- Americas Region- Cuba
- Humberto Montes de Oca, Interior Secretary of the Mexican Electrical Workers (SME)- México
- Jorge Cázares Torres, Section VIII of the National Steering Committee of Education Workers (CNTE)- México

Dates & Cities:
March 16 & 17- Washington D.C.
March 18- Cleveland, Ohio
March 19- Toledo, Ohio
March 20- Detroit, Michigan
March 21- Chicago, Illinois
March 22- San Francisco, California
March 23- Oakland, California
March 24 & 25- San Diego, California
March 26 & 27- Los Angeles, California
March 28, 29, 30 & 31- New York, New York

Organized by:
US-Cuba Labor Exchange

International Action Center

Unión del Barrio

Endorsed by:
World Federation of Trade Unions

For more information or to endorse, please contact us at any of the e-mails listed.