Tuesday, November 22, 2011

8th Conference welcomes: Cananea miners and Mexican electrical workers

8th Tijuana Labor Conference welcomes
  • Sergio Tolano Lizarraga, Sec-Gen Nat'l. Miners Union Sec. 65
  • Humberto Montes de Oca, SME
Cananea miners and Mexican electrical workers build a social movement strong enough to force change

A social movement strong enough to force change. This statement could describe the aim of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but it refers to the struggle of Mexican miners in Cananea, Sonora and electrical workers who have years of experience. Leaders from these struggles will open the 8th U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference on Dec. 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.

National Miners Union Section 65 Secretary-General Sergio Tolano Lizarraga and Mexican Electrical Workers (SME) Humberto Montes de Oca will be joined by representatives from the Cuban Workers Central Union (CTC), the World Federation of Trade Unions - Americas Region, the Central Workers Union of Brasil (CTB), Workers Interunion Plenary and National Workers Convention of Uruguay (PIT-CNT), and more. Exchanges with U.S. “occupy” participants and recognition for completion of the three-day Workers School that precedes the Tijuana Conference are also planned.

Reflecting a renewed effort to free the Cuban Five unjustly held in U.S. prisons for more than 13 years, the Conference solidarity evening is moved to Saturday, Dec. 3. A musical tribute to the Cuban Five by young Tijuana Opera singers and the new video “Will the real terrorist please stand up?” aim to inspire increased union action on this important campaign.

Registration and hotel information is available at the page column on the right side of this blog or email to LaborExchange@gmail.com