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November 30, 2007

2007.11.30: FYI: Police Abuse Protest 12:30 Today at 120 Schermerhorn

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 11:12 am

From:     Michael Letwin
Sent:    Friday, November 30, 2007 10:36 AM
To:    ALAA MEMBERS; 1199 Members
Subject:    FYI: Police Abuse Protest 12:30 Today at 120 Schermerhorn

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jesus Gonzalez -718.812.3760
Brian Favors – 917.291.5046
Asher Callender – 347.784.3453
The Student Coalition Against Racial Profiling (S.C.A.R.P) Demand Charges of Bushwick Youth be Dropped and Call for End to Profiling by the NYPD of Latino and African American youth
Community outraged over continuing misconduct by the NYPD and the ongoing delay of trial dates that are impacting the students’ educational life.
WHO: A coalition of youth and community organizations in the Bushwick area
WHAT: Over 20 students will be in court facing charges related to their widely-reported arrest on their way to the wake of a friend last May. There will be a press conference held at the criminal court in downtown Brooklyn calling on the DA to drop the charges.
Scheduled speakers at the press conference include:
– City Councilmember Charles Barron
– Members from the legal team representing the students
– Arrestees from the May 21 incident
– Local community and family members
WHEN: 12:30 pm, Friday, November 30, 2007
WHERE: Criminal Court – 120 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn NY
“In May we were arrested while doing nothing wrong- just trying to get to our friend’s wake. Now we are continuing to be disrespected as this case drags on and we keep get pulled out school,” said Asher Callender, a 19-year old student and one of the arrestees in the May 21 incident.
Over 20 youth have had to make a series of court appearance surrounding charges related to the May 21 incident. SCARP is demanding that these charges be dropped at the November 30 court appearance. Additionally, the community wants to raise awareness about this incident and to hold city leaders accountable for the on-going racial profiling demonstrated by the police.

November 27, 2007

2007.11.27: Defend the San Francisco 8: this Friday night at 1199 Union Hall

From: Lucy Herschel
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 4:47 PM
To: 1199 Members
Subject: Defend the San Francisco 8: this Friday night at 1199 Union Hall

**please post/forward widely**

Celebrate and defend the legacy of the Black Panther Party


NYC, Friday, November 30, 7 pm

(doors open at 6:30)

Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center

310 W. 43rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.) NYC

Speakers Include: Gil Noble, veteran producer and host of ABC-TV’s ‘Like It Is’

SF-8 defendants Francisco Torres, Harold Taylor, Ray Boudreaux and Hank Jones

Soffiyah Elijah, attorney on the SF-8 case

Special Announcement by Lois Dauway, World Council of Churches

Performing: alixa + naima/Climbing Poetree;

Jamal Joseph and IMPACT! youth group

The San Francisco 8 are eight former “original” Black Panther Party members and active supporters (ages 56 to 72) arrested last January on charges from a1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Some of the 8 faced virtually identical charges 35 years ago—charges dropped when it was revealed that police torture had extracted “confessions.”

That was in 1973. Now that torture has been made acceptable in this country, the case is back on—based on the same flawed evidence.

The judge has released the 6 bail-eligible defendants on bond. Two defendants are not eligible for bail—New York state political prisoners Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim. They have already served more than 34 years; the new case charges them with actions for which they are already doing time.

Come welcome home four of the SF-8 defendants and learn more about the case.

For Information Contact: Committee to Free the SF-8 (, Local 1199 (, (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (, the Jericho Movement ( or call: (718) 254-8800 or

(646) 246-0770

SEIU Local 1199, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Center for Constitutional Rights, NYC National Lawyers Guild, Al-Awda, NY State Taskforce for Political Prisoners, the Jericho Movement, Resistance in Brooklyn, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Pro Libertad, Frances Goldin, Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), Black Panther Commemoration Committee (NY), Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, Gabriela Network USA, Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan, Friends of David Gilbert, Albany Political Prisoner Support Committee

Dinner available at low cost; Childcare provided


November 14, 2007

2007.11.14: UAW Givebacks – Another Loss for Unions

Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 4:16 pm

From: Susan Morris
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 4:16 PM
Subject: UAW Givebacks – Another Loss for Unions

UAW’s Ford Workers Ratify Contract
Wednesday November 14, 3:51 pm ET
By Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. no longer can complain about being hamstrung by high U.S. labor costs that prevent it from making money domestically.UAW Workers at Ford Ratify Contract That Would Cut Labor Costs, Similar to GM, Chrysler Pacts

The automaker’s hourly workers on Wednesday ratified a historic four-year contract that sets lower pay for new hires and puts Ford’s huge retiree health care liability into a trust run by the United Auto Workers.

The UAW represents about 54,000 Ford workers, and 79 percent of those voted in favor of the pact, the union said Wednesday. The UAW typically does not release vote totals.

Workers at General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC already had ratified similar deals, with the contract passing at Chrysler by only a small margin.

The deals are historic because they will help to rescue the troubled Detroit Three and make them more competitive with Japanese rivals who build cars in the U.S., said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.

“It’s just a recognition we’re at a brave new world. The business model has changed. The benchmark has shifted to the international manufacturers,” Cole said.

The companies said going into the talks they have about a $25-per-hour labor cost gap with Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co.

Cole said his group’s analysis of GM’s contract shows it eventually may have a labor cost advantage over Toyota, its chief rival for the title of world’s largest automaker by sales.

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the union negotiated a contract that protects wages, benefits and seniority rights and provides income and secure health care for retirees.

“We stood our ground in the face of some rather big asks by the company and came away with a creative agreement that addresses the concerns of our members and also gives the company the opportunity to move forward,” he said in a statement. “Now it’s up to Ford to successfully bring to market the top-quality vehicles our members are building in UAW Ford factories.”

The UAW said production workers voted 81 percent in favor of the deal, while skilled trades workers were 71 percent in favor.

“The agreement is fair to our employees. It respects our employees. And the agreement is going to allow us, going forward, to make a really significant improvement in our competitiveness,” Ford President and Chief Executive Alan Mulally told reporters at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

In addition to the active workers, the deal covers more than 94,000 Ford retirees and 28,000 surviving spouses. It will run until Sept. 14, 2011.

The Ford deal was reached early Nov. 3 after a nearly two-day bargaining session at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn.

In exchange for the wage cuts and other concessions, Ford promised not to close any U.S. plants beyond some it already has identified. It also promised future products to six U.S. assembly plants and agreed to make hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of improvements to factories.

The ratification is a critical event that will help Ford’s profitability and competitiveness, Efraim Levy, a senior industry analyst with Standard & Poor’s rating agency, said in a note to investors.

The shifting of about $22 billion in retiree health care obligations to the union-run trust should free the company from “onerous and uncertain obligations,” Levy said.

Now the company has to deliver on new vehicles, he said.

“What is really needed, in our view, is improved demand for Ford’s products on styling, quality and value improvements,” Levy wrote.

Ford stock rose 5 cents to $8.05 in late trading Wednesday.

Jim Stoufer, president of Local 249, which represents 4,300 workers at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in suburban Claycomo, Mo., said the contract should be a turning point for Ford.

The company lost $12.6 billion last year, but in the first nine months of this year reported a net profit of $88 million. Still, Ford is losing money on its home turf of North America.

“I think the UAW and Ford got together and decided that we’re in this together and we’re going to turn this around,” said Stoufer, whose plant makes the F-150 pickup truck and the Escape and Mercury Mariner small sport utility vehicles.

Workers, he said, had expected wage and benefit cuts, but realized they did pretty well to preserve wages and get job security pledges.

“I think this gives Ford what it needs to turn around, and at the same time, it protects the membership,” Stoufer said. “I don’t think you can ask for anything more.”

AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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