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.